If you are applying to a private school in Dallas for next year, you should be making your list and checking it twice! You have time to create a plan, but you need to use the next few weeks to get organized, so you don’t miss opportunities. Here is the list of actions you need to take to be ahead of schedule:
If you have not looked into this, you need to do so ASAP. Schools require different tests, depending on the school and your child’s age. The CATS, ISEE, or SSAT are examples. You have to schedule a test appointment to take the test, and the testers provide the results on their schedule. Schedule this as soon as possible, so your child’s scores are sent to your choice schools by the deadline. Even if you don’t know where you want your child to apply, you should schedule the test, so it is on the calendar.
Making your list, and checking it twice
By now, you should have a list of your top schools. If you are not sure, you can still visit additional schools, schedule a meeting to talk directly to the admissions counselor, schedule a day or half-day visit for your child, or decide to go ahead and apply and continue to learn more about the school as the process unfolds. If you apply and then decide later that the school is not a good fit for your child, you can withdraw your application. If you’re stuck at this point, consider contacting an educational consultant like myself to help you narrow down your choices.
Many schools have open houses scheduled for December and January. Consult my open house schedule for dates and times. If the open house falls on the weekend, children are welcome to attend. Otherwise, ask the admissions counselor before assuming your child can accompany you.
Check the application deadline for each of your schools! If the deadline has passed, start researching other school options with later application deadlines. Competition is so great in North Dallas that, as a rule, schools will take your application late but will not consider your child with the applicants that met the deadline. Move on and look for other schools now.
Before the holiday break, give the release of information form to your school’s office. Be sure to fill out your child’s name and sign the form. Also, give your child’s teachers (schools want recommendations from the math and English teachers) the recommendation forms so they can work on them during the break. Those require your signature as well. Begin filling out the parent section of the application either online or on paper. Schools usually ask older applicants to complete short answer questions and an essay in their handwriting. The holiday break is a good time for kids to work on and complete their part, as there are fewer distractions and more time for personal reflection.
This is an exciting time of the year. Make sure you make your list and check it twice so you can relax over your child’s vacation, knowing you have a plan and are ahead of schedule.
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