As May approaches, I’m seeing families in various stages of the private school admissions process. I’ve already consulted with a number of ‘early birds,’ families getting a jump on admissions for the 2016-2017 school year. I’ve visited with anxious families whose children are on waiting lists. And I’ve also talked with families who have decided on a school, put down their deposit, and just want to converse (and ask questions) about their child’s new school. Regardless of where you are on this journey, I have some suggestions as you move forward.
If Your Child is on a Waiting List…
- Sit tight. Financial aid offers go out on May 1st and families have 1 week to accept a private school’s offer. There is usually movement around this time, as schools go to their waiting lists to fill open spots.
If Your Child Still Needs a Spot for this Fall…
- Call me. Some private schools have rolling admissions. Others have grades with openings. I can help identify a private school that meets your child’s needs.
If Your Child Has a Spot for this Fall…
- Sign your child up for a class or camp at their new school. A summer class or camp is a great way for a child to get acclimated to the campus, potentially meet some teachers and classmates, and feel more comfortable on the first day of school.
If You’re Looking for a Private School for Fall 2016…
- Have your child try a camp or class at one or more of the schools you’re considering. While it’s not the same as attending the school, it will likely give him (and you) a taste of the school which will help you narrow your choices.
- Make a list of the schools you’re considering. Then spend some time acquainting yourself with those schools by reading through their websites and following them through social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.).
- Make a list of the testing that required for each school, and if appropriate, begin researching possible prep options.
If you decide you need assistance now or next fall, please feel free to contact me, and I’ll help you identify some good educational options for your child.
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