What is the Process for Admission to Private School for My Child?

17, May 2022

The private school design is different than public school. In public programs, the information you need for admission is based primarily on where you live. Private programs have the ability to control admissions and set the criteria for the admissions process. Private schools typically limit the number of students to keep class size small. Because of this – and other admissions criteria – your child is not guaranteed admission into a specific private school program. Learning about the admission process will make it easier to navigate once you do find a program that is a good fit for your child.

Find a school that is a good fit

The very first step in the private school admissions process is to find a school that is a good fit. Private schools have much more freedom than public schools when it comes to designing the program and curriculum. As a parent, you will need to take a detailed look at each school you consider to find the best fit. Look for a program that aligns with your educational philosophy, is in close proximity to your home, and offers enrichments activities that will benefit your child.

Find out if there is space for your child

Private schools limit the number of students that are admitted each semester. Because of this, it is possible that the school you want will be full. As part of the admissions process, you need to determine if there is room for your child. If the current semester is full, the school may offer to put your child on a waiting list. Ultimately, it will be up to you to decide if you want to wait or move on to another school.

Fill out the application and set up any necessary testing

Once you find a school that is a good fit and confirm that they have space for you, the next steps are to fill out the application and set up any necessary testing. Most programs now allow you to fill out an application for admission online. Testing may be required in order to determine where your child should be placed in the program. Oftentimes, there is an application and testing fee associated with that part of the process.

Determine how you want to pay for tuition

As part of the application process, you will be asked how you want to pay for tuition. There are a number of payment options that private programs offer. One option is to pay for the entire semester or school year. This option typically comes with a discount. It also allows you to mark paying for school off of your list. Instead of thinking about it each month, you will only have to think about it once or twice a year. You also have the option of paying for tuition monthly throughout the year. You can make tuition a line item on your monthly budget and take care of it that way. During the admission process, you will need to decide how you want to pay.

Each private school is different when it comes to the exact admissions process. The good news is that a high-quality program will have staff members who will help you at any point in the private school admissions process.

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