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Bullpup Preview

All prospective 8th graders are invited to spend a day on campus. Bullpup Previews are a great way for 8th grade students to get an inside and accurate look of what it is really like to be a Gonzaga Prep and high school student. Shadowing is not a mandatory part of the admission process, but it is a great opportunity to spend some time on our campus.

What happens on a Bullpup Preview?
We match each 8th grade student with a current sophomore Ambassador and the student shadows the Prep student for the day. The 8th grader attends seven classes and an informational session so they can get learn all about what it's like to be a Bullpup.

Do I need to RSVP?
Yes, please! It's helpful to plan for the visit so we can give our Ambassadors and teachers a heads up. Register using the button above, or email kobrien@gprep.com.

When are the best days to visit for a Bullpup Preview?
The best days for visiting are Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. Gonzaga Prep operates on a modified block schedule which offers fewer classes with longer meeting time on Wednesdays/Thursdays. Visiting report having a better experience shadowing on days when Bullpups have all seven classes.

What time should I arrive and where do I go?
Please arrive by 7:45 AM and meet in the Counseling Center (take an immediate left after entering the main doors of the building). School begins at 8 AM and the parking lot can be a bit hectic in the morning; please plan for a few extra minutes to navigate it. It is not necessary for parents to accompany their 8th grader into the Counseling Center, but you are welcome to walk them in if you like.

Where do I park?
Parents can follow the flow of traffic and drop their 8th grader off at either the east lot or west lot drop zone. If a parent prefers to walk the 8th grader in, please park in our visitor spaces in the east lot. These spaces are located at the southwest corner of the lot (closest to the main doors). Parking spaces with numbers are assigned to faculty and students.

What do I need to bring?
LUNCH: We often here that getting to eat in the high school cafeteria is a highlight of the day for many students. 8th grade visitors are welcome to bring a sack lunch, or we can provide a voucher for lunch in the cafeteria.

EMERGENCY CONTACT: Please sign and return the Emergency Contact form and Liability Release (see PDF under the menu to the right). This can be emailed to kobrien@gprep.com, or students can bring their form when they check-in at the beginning of the day.

What do I wear?
8th graders can wear whatever they like, provided the clothing passes dress code. Examples of appropriate attire include: jeans or slacks and a t-shirt or sweater/sweatshirt, skirts that touch the top of the knee, blouses/button down shirts. Please no holes (including ripped jeans), offensive logos or tank tops. While hooded sweatshirts are allowed, hoods and hats are not to be worn during the school day.

What time should I get picked up?
The day ends at 2:30. Parents can either wait in their car for their student or in the Counseling Center.

St. Thomas More - Monday, Oct. 28
St. Aloysius - Monday, Nov. 4
Assumption - Tuesday, Nov. 5
All Saints - Tuesday, Nov. 12
Cataldo - Friday, Nov. 15
St. Mary's - Monday, Nov. 18
Trinity & St. John Vianney - Tuesday, Nov. 19
St. Charles & Holy Family CDA - Monday, Nov. 25
Public School - Tuesday, Nov. 26
Public School - Friday, Dec. 13th


If you have more questions or are interested in a Bullpup Preview, please contact Katie O'Brien, Admission Director, at kobrien@gprep.com