You can apply online or submit a paper application via snail mail.
Most private high schools have application deadlines of January or February. If you are applying to several schools, make sure you are on top of each school's specific deadlines. Use our Application Calendar
to keep you organized. The application process varies from school to school.
Generally you have three options for applying to private schools:
Let's look at how each application option works.
Applying Via Individual School Web Sites
Not all schools offer an online application feature. But for those schools which have the resources to offer it, you will find the process is straightforward and generally intuitive. Woodberry Forest's
is typical. You complete the application, pay for it with a credit card and even download teacher recommendation forms online. How convenient is that? Finally, you can check back as often as you like and see what the status of your application is too.
SSAT's Online Service
School Application Service allows you to apply to several schools using the same information. It's as close to a common application as you are likely to find. Downloadable teacher recommendations and lots of help with the application process make this application option a breeze.
The tried and true paper application is always available. Most schools will have their application package available for download on their sites or you can request an admissions package from the school.
The other things you need to keep on top of are the Math and English teachers' letters of reference. Make sure those have been submitted timely. Don't assume that they have been completed and mailed. In addition be sure that you have completed the interview and campus visit in good time.
Many schools practice what they euphemistically call 'rolling admissions'. That's another way of saying "We'll stop accepting applicants once all our places are filled." In other words, there are no fixed application deadlines. Rolling admissions works to your advantage in several ways. For example, if you find out that you are being transferred and need to find new schools for your children in the spring, a school with a rolling admissions might be just the ticket. While a school with rolling admissions may not be as highly competitive to get into as Exeter
, nonetheless, the fit with your child's needs and requirements is much more important than how competitive a school is. As always, seek advice from your educational consultant.
The best advice anybody can give you is to stay organized! If you have questions or are not sure how to proceed, always call the admissions office of the school concerned. Admissions staff are trained to be helpful and will go out of their way to assist you. Good luck!