Siblings at GMC
It's Winter, which means the Freshman lottery has been posted. Only 120 new Freshmen are brought into GMC every year, as per the school charter. However, there is one special group of people that bypass this lottery, and these people are siblings.
Whether the sibling is currently attending GMC or they are a previous graduate, there is a system in place to allow siblings in directly without having to go through the lottery. This has allowed for entire families to attend GMC, making it easier for school choice as the family would not be split between two different schools.
Siblings make up approximately 35% of the current students at GMC, however, the 2018 incoming Freshman class has a sibling population of 43%. Statistically speaking, this is quite shocking since about half of the new class will be people who are part of existing GMC families.
The Watson Family, Katelyn and Cara, are a Senior and Freshman respectively. Although Cara was guaranteed a spot because of the rule, she originally planned on staying at her old school. Katelyn, however, felt she always wanted to set an example for her, encouraging her "to talk to teachers, because Freshman year I didn't ask questions." They both find that having a sibling is an advantage, saying that they are able to take part in more school events such as Spirit Week.
Sierra and Zoe Feser are another family that benefited from the sibling rule. Sierra is a Graduate of the Class of 2017 at GMC, and Zoe is currently a junior. Sierra said she knew she wanted to go to a charter school, but was still exploring options. Zoe said that teachers at GMC do in fact remember older siblings, stating that teachers would sometimes make references to the older's performance in class. "They usually just said she talked pretty loud," Zoe said.
Lastly, the Garzony family expressed the benefit of having a sibling. Karissa is a senior, and Brayden is a Freshman. Karissa said that she was originally given the choice between homeschooling and going to GMC, and Brayden began to warm up to the idea. She also said that it was interesting to look at her brother's Freshman year "from an outside perspective."
The presence of siblings at GMC has always helped the close community of the school. Family friends of your younger or older brother will eventually become your friend. You start to widen that net of close acquaintances to learn more about others. Teachers will remember the last name and may think positively of a younger sibling of a hard worker.
That is what is so exciting about how many there will be this upcoming year.