Step 1: Identify Schools

Take time to really research about each school’s web site as they would provide video for further understanding of the school. Read what the students have to say about their school.

You should narrow down to about 10 schools, but don’t worry if you have more than that.

Step 2: Narrow Down Your List

This is one of the more time consuming parts of the process of choosing a private school. Why? Because you need to sit down with your child and discuss each school on the list. As you work through the list, you can code the schools which will end up on your short list. The short list should be between 3-5 schools.

These are the questions you should ask to narrow down your list.

Answer these questions and you will see at once how schools which were on your original list  are no longer in the running. That’s the main reason why you need to hire an educational consultant. Your professional educational consultant can match what you offer against what she knows individual schools are looking for. What if you decide not to hire an educational consultant? Well, of course, you can go that route. But then you will never know with any certainty what your child’s chances are until the acceptance letters come out in March.Your educational consultant will help you develop a list of schools which will include one safe school and one school which is a real reach. The other 2 or 3 in the middle will be schools at which you stand a very good chance of being accepted.


Step 3: Visit Schools You simply cannot skip this important step. Visiting schools on your short list takes time. But tied in with the campus visit is the interview. The interview is your chance to really assess whether the school is a good fit for your child and your requirements. After all the school is going to assume a vital role in shaping your child’s future in so many ways.  Find out what is being taught and how it is being taught. Find out more about the teachers and how qualified they are.


Step 4: Admissions TestingMost schools use the SSAT and/or the ISEE which are standardized admissions tests. There will also be an essay and a few other bits of writing which you and your child will have to do. A word of advice about standardized tests: make sure your child has plenty of practice. Don’t leave that practice to the last minute.

Step 5: Apply and Pay for it

Most schools have online applications which will simplify the process. Some schools use a common application form. Download these materials in September so that you can hand out the teacher recommendation forms and get those taken care of early in the fall.