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Private school admissions is a very exciting journey for the whole family. It may seem rigorous and complex with all the application requirements, but with strategic planning, it can be a fun and enjoyable process.
Parents need to have active participation in the admissions process from start to finish by attending open houses, school tours, parent and family interviews, and other admissions events. Many schools also require parent essays and parent statements to be submitted.
Applicants have to be prepared to take admissions tests. Although most schools have adopted the test-optional policy, some still accept test scores should families choose to submit. This gives admissions officers a deeper understanding of the applicant’s academic readiness and determines if he/she is a good fit for the school.
The key to having impressive scores is to take SSAT, ISEE, or HSPT practice tests. Test prep gives a general overview of the content and presentation of the standardized tests. More importantly, admissions consultants teach test-taking skills, strategies, and techniques in navigating the tests. Having regular and consistent test prep sessions gives students the confidence to undertake the whole test-taking process.
Some schools have completely removed tests in their requirements and replaced them with Proctored Writing Sample. This is a timed essay writing activity that is done virtually. Proctored writing practice tests are very helpful in producing powerful and compelling essays which admissions officers will think highly of.
What to do if Waitlisted for a Private School?
You’ve gone through the private school admissions process meticulously but have been waitlisted at your chosen private school. What should you do next? Don’t fret too much because it’s not the end of your journey. Being on a waitlist means that you met all the criteria but the school just does not have enough space to accommodate you. They put applicants on a waitlist and keep them on hold until they know that all the students they admitted would enroll. It is just a waiting game from here on. Or is it?
At Cardinal Education, we believe that there are smart ways to deal with being on a waitlist. Rather than just sitting around waiting for the decision to come in, you should get on your feet and pursue that much-anticipated decision. Our two decades of experience in private school admissions consulting have taught us that planning is the key to achieving success in your private school application. We have handled numerous waitlist situations over the years and we are proud to say that our students eventually got into the top private schools that are fit for them. Our educational consultants can help you plan and strategize your next steps if you’ve been put on the waitlist.