Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about Governor French Academy? Below you will find a list of frequently asked questions that may provide you with an answer.

How much is tuition?

  • Current Tuition: $5,940 (tuition rate depends on date of registration)
  • Registration Fee: $350 (registration amount depends on date of registration)
  • Books and Supply Fee: $67/month, but subject to change (uniforms, IOWA testing, PSAT testing, and A.P. testing will be an additional cost)

How is tuition paid?

Parents have the option of payment in full or a monthly payment plan.

What is the admission process?

Once a child has had their 4th birthday he or she is eligible for admission consideration. You may set up an appointment with the Dean of Admissions. You will have a guided tour. All prospective students are required to complete a Day Visit.

Do you offer Financial Aid or Scholarships?

At this time we do not offer any financial assistance.

Is Governor French Academy just for smart, rich kids?

Absolutely not! We enjoy a very diverse student body.

What about children with ADD/ADHD?

Governor French has a student population that is diverse in all aspects. Students with special needs, whether gifted or challenged, are taught within the same classroom at a pace that is equal to their skill level.

What happens if my child was expelled from his or her last school?

Expelled students are considered for admission based on the severity or nature of the infraction, their Day Visit, and an interview with the Headmaster and/or Dean of Admissions.

What is your curriculum like?

We study five core subject areas: math, science, English, social science, and language. We use Saxon Math, Treasures Reading, and Discovery Works in the Lower School. Many of the Upper School textbooks are University level, even some used in Forms III and Forms IV. Spanish is taught at all grade levels.

How is GFA’s Curriculum VS Public School Curriculum?

Governor French curriculum is individualized for each student. Student placement is dictated much more by skill level rather than age level. Considerably fewer disruptions in the classroom. Class sizes are smaller, especially from Middle School through Upper School. GFA teachers use many primary sources as their teaching tool.

Do you have School Busses?

No, we do not provide transportation.

How do students take Driver Education?

Most GFA students take their Driver Education through Belleville West High School. GFA transports the students to West and it is the parent’s responsibility to pick them up there. Some families choose to hire private driving instructors instead.

Do you have school uniforms?

Yes, we do wear uniforms which may be purchased through several sources.

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Do you provide lunches?

On Mondays and Fridays students may order pizza at $2/slice. This price includes a bottled water and fruit; pizza choices are pepperoni and cheese. Students must bring a lunch Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Microwave ovens are available for warming student lunches.

Do you take field trips?

Students will take one to two field trips per school year.

Which Schools in the area take 3-year-olds?

The Goddard School and Montessori School.

Are teachers required to have an Illinois Teaching Certificate?

No, but most have them and many of them have advanced degrees. It should be noted that Teaching Certificates are not doing what they are supposed to do: all the bad teachers you know are certified.

Are A.P. classes offered?

GFA offers many A.P. classes for Upper School students. See our list under Academics .

Do you offer PSAT testing for homeschoolers?

Homeschooled students may take the PSAT at GFA. They should register with the Financial Officer before the test date. There is a $40 fee which may be subject to change.

Do you offer Before and After School Care?

Yes. You will incur extra charges for these services.