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4 Ways to Ace the Private School Application Process

The private school application process can be daunting, but with some preparation and organization, you’ll be well on your way to a brand-new educational experience for your child. Here are a few things to keep in mind throughout the process:

Stay on Top of Deadlines

Keep a list of all the application deadlines, along with the require-ments for each application since it varies by school.

Know What They Need

Most applications require a completed application form from the school website or admission office, an up-to-date academic transcript with grades from your child’s current school, teacher recommendations and results of a standardized admissions test or entrance exam. Different schools may ask for more or less materials, so be prepared.

Get Facts on Financial Aid

Tuition costs can be pricey, but financial aid can lend a helping hand. Many schools offer need-based financial aid, so research a plan that fits your family income, if ap-plicable. If you’re sending multiple children, look into sibling discounts. For merit-based scholarships, see what is available and works for your child. Most schools require separate financial aid applications and the deadlines differ from general application deadlines. Take advantage of extra time: Many schools allow you to begin the finan-cial aid process before your child has even been accepted.

Nail the Interview

Be comfortable and be yourself! The main objective of interviews is to gauge whether the school is the right fit for your child. Schools will definitely value academic performance and achievements, but they mostly want to know who your child is and whether they will be successful in that particular school’s environment.