1. Your child's file is complete.
While you'd think this is a no-brainer, many parents leave things to the last minute. If we have a deadline posted for submission of applications, we have it for a reason. Failure to meet the application deadlines without a really good, compelling reason will generally mean that we will put your child's file in the incomplete category. In other words, we cannot make any decision until we have everything in the file. Test scores. Teacher recommendations. Academic transcripts. The complete application. The works.
2. We met you and your child.
Whenever it's practical, we expect you and your child to visit the school. We want to meet you. The interview is a most important part of our application process. It's the time when we get to ask you questions about you and your expectations of the school. It's also time for you to size us up and determine if our school is a good fit for your objectives and those of your child.
In the case of international students, we often are able to arrange for the admissions staff to visit your country. Or we can make arrangements to facilitate the interview process.
3. Your child's test scores and teacher recommendations met our expectations.
One of our concerns as we review each application is whether an applicant can do the academic work at our school. Academic preparation varies widely among applicants depending on the schools which they have attended. Now, that's not us being elitist. Not at all. We are merely concerned that your child's past and current academic work be to a certain standard so that he won't have trouble keeping up with the fast pace at our school. Our students are expected to work hard. And play hard too.
4. Your child seemed like he would be a good fit in our community.
We want your child to be happy at our school. Just as much as you want him to be happy. We have interviewed thousands of young people and their parents over the years. We have a pretty good idea of the kind of personality which will fit into our school community. That's very important to us because our community is small and close-knit. Your child cannot hide or escape notice. That's usually a good thing for all concerned as we both want only the best for your child. A happy child generally is a successful member of our school community.
5. Your child offered advanced competence in sports or the arts.
Assuming the academics are in order, it never hurts to have something special in your child's file. If she has been studying violin since she was three or is passionate about riding, those accomplishments and passions will definitely be taken into consideration. We also realize that you are considering our school because we offer the sort of programs in her interest area which will take her to the next level.
You will notice that we review applications to our school on a need-blind basis. In other words, if you will need financial aid in order for your child to attend our school, that request will be considered once the decision has been made to admit her. The two parts of the process are separate.