Many parents I’m consulting with are working on their children’s private school applications. This post is a repost from several years ago that continues to be true. As you type up your final answers, I hope these tips will prove helpful.
1. Longer isn’t better. Aim for quality over quantity. Answers should fit in the space provided. Schools usually give you the opportunity to add additional information at the end of the application, in case you have something important you’d like to include. Try to make your point succinctly, though, and the admissions committee will be grateful.
2. Tell a story. Don’t just list your child’s skills and achievements. Instead, use an example to illustrate your point. Doing so will make your application more interesting to read and your child more memorable.
3. Circle back to each school’s mission and resources. Admissions committees are looking for a match between your child and their school. Be sure that you connect the points you make about your child to specific qualities of the school.
4. Spell check. I suggest typing your answers into a Word document and using the spell check tool, before entering them into the actual application. If you’re already using the online application, just do the reverse. Cut and paste your responses into a new Word document and use the spell check tool. Be sure you make any needed changes to the original application.
5. Send it in on time. Of course, meeting all deadlines is critical.
*If you’d like to have someone look over your application before you hit the send button, I do parent application reviews and can assure a quick turnaround. Call or email me ASAP.
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