How to apply to a private school

Written by: Katy Buoscio

We admit it, getting into a private school can be an overwhelming process. There are many details to keep your eyes on, such as the deadlines and requirements set by the various admissions departments of the schools to which you are applying. Most of the time, depending on the grade level your child will be entering, you will be applying to multiple schools . The best advice we can offer as you deal with applying to schools is to begin the process as early as you can. 
 
Admission deadlines 
This is the last opportunity you have to submit an application to a school of interest. Thanks to advances in technology, most private schools offer online applications that can be completed and submitted via the web at times that are convenient for you. If you have not done so already, be sure to check the school’s website to find out specifically when the application will be available and the deadline for submission. At Francis W. Parker School, online applications are available now, and the deadline is December 1, 2015. The sooner you begin, the better!
 
Transcripts/testing 
For kindergarten applicants, private schools will ask you to submit the LMAIS Common Teacher Recommendation Form to your child’s current school. Your child’s current teacher(s) will then submit the form to the school(s) you have selected. Be sure to make your child’s school aware of the application deadline and follow up throughout the process to be certain the documents have been received in a timely manner. At Parker, you will be able to track all of the application documents online to assist with your planning and scheduling.
 
School visits
We want to get to know your child. At Parker, providing an opportunity to have your child visit for a short period of time is invaluable. It gives the kindergarten teachers, who are the experts on the curriculum, an opportunity to observe and interact with your child.  
 
Applicants to the Parker Junior Kindergarten program must be 4 years by September 1 and are scheduled for play groups in January and February. Be sure to check the student visit process at all schools of interest.
 
Parent meeting
We want to get to know you. What are your hopes and dreams for your child? How would you describe your child? How do you want to partner with the school? These are all important questions to ponder as you prepare to meet with the admissions staff.
 
The admission process is a wonderful opportunity for schools to get to know you and your child and for you to get to know the school. Portray your child realistically when speaking with admissions staff you encounter during the private school admissions process. The goal is to have a positive and real discussion about your child and the school’s approach to learning. 
 
Be sure to do your homework and start the process now. Determining the best “fit” for your child and your family will help you save time and, most importantly, help you identify the school your child will be able to thrive in for many years to come. If you can keep this in mind, the road to private school admission becomes a bit smoother. Enjoy the journey.
 
Posted on November 12, 2015 at 10:06 AM