Use this admissions calendar to keep the process of choosing a school organized.
Applying to a private school is a process. Try to begin your private school search more than a year in advance of when you actually want to enroll.This will give you enough time to thoroughly research schools and arrive at well-informed decisions about where to apply.This also helps ensure that you have enough time to take care of all the details. Excluding the school visits you are looking at a project which will require more than 100 hours of your time.
If you're a little out-of-sync with the timeline below, not to worry! This is only a rough guideline. While application and testing deadlines are key dates you'll need to follow, families differ in how long they need to explore and evaluate schools.
If you are starting the process late in the game or need help with particular parts of the process, seek the professional advice of an educational consultant.
Begin with a self assessment.
List the academic, athletic and extracurricular opportunities you seek.
List any academic or athletic goals you wish to achieve in high school.
5 Admissions Tips for International Students In addition to complying with all the usual admissions requirements, international students must also obtain a student visa. Here are five tips to help you navigate the admissions process.
Play the Hand You Have Been Dealt Card games such as bridge and solitaire with multiple decks of cards fascinate me. I have learned to play the hand dealt me. So must we all when applying to private school.
Applications - The Parent's Statement Part of most school's admissions package is something called the Parent's Statement. We take a look at this document and offer advice on how to complete it.
Admissions - The Acceptance Letter The desired result of taking the admissions test, visiting schools and submitting all that paperwork is to receive an acceptance letter. Here's how to handle this part of the admissions process.
They Didn't Accept My Child! You thought everything was set. The test scores were excellent. She had glowing teacher recommendations. The visit and the interview went well. But the school didn't accept your child. What do you do now?
Is It Too Late to Apply? Starting the admissions process and getting into a private school in late spring and early summer is a challenge.
How Do I Apply? You can apply online or submit a paper application via snail mail.
Applications - The Candidate's Statement Among the many forms which you must complete when applying to private school is something called The Candidate Statement. Here's what it is involved in preparing this document.
The Writing Sample At some point in the admissions' process, your child is going to have to write an essay sometimes referred to as The Writing Sample. Here's how to cope with that challenge.
SSAT and ISSE Most private schools use standardized tests as part of their admissions process. The SSAT and ISEE are the common tests you will encounter at independent schools.
Preparing for Admissions Tests Don't leave admissions test preparation to the last minute. Adequate test preparation will give you the confidence to take the test and do as well as you can.
Preparing for TOEFL Applicants to American private schools for whom English is not their first language must take a test known as TOEFL.
How To Read The Test Scores SSAT test scores can be mysterious to most parents. What do they mean? How does the admissions staff use them?
Do My SSAT or ISEE Scores Really Matter? SSAT and ISEE scores are one part of the total picture which most private school admissions staff review. These standardized tests reveal what you have learned in key mastery areas.
COOP, HSPT and TACHS You will encounter COOP, HSPT and TACHS if you are applying to some Roman Catholic high schools.
The Interview Part of the admissions requirements of almost every private school is the interview. While it sounds as though this is a one sided exercise, you should be interviewing the admissions personnel as well.