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Advice for Applying to Boarding Schools - Part 3

By now, you’re well on your way to applying to boarding schools of your choice. In my first blog, I got you thinking about what you want and need out of boarding school. Last week, we covered prioritizing your needs and how to narrow down your list of boarding schools.

At this point, you have likely inquired at your top schools and you may have even heard back from the admission office. What’s next? Reviewing information from your schools, and scheduling school visits, tours, and interviews.

Review the materials you received.

Make sure you have your boarding school spreadsheet handy, the one that you started in my second blog post. As you go through the viewbooks, information packets, and websites of the schools on your list, add details to your spreadsheet and rank the programs of importance to you. You may want to start using your spreadsheet rankings to help sort schools into three categories, Best Fit, Maybe, and No. This should help you narrow down your list even further, to a manageable number of schools to visit.

Schedule a visit, tour, and interview.

Once you have your Best Fit schools, and possibly some of your Maybe schools, it’s time to schedule a visit. Plan ahead, as admission offices can be busy, especially in the fall and early winter; you may need a few weeks notice to get an appointment. Contact the admission office to arrange a time when you and your family can come to campus and experience life at the school. Be sure to ask about deadlines while you’re on the phone; you don’t want to jeopardize your chances of getting accepted because you were late!

The campus visit is a time to meet students and teachers, sit in on classes, and see if you can imagine spending the next four years here. As part of your visit, you’ll tour the campus and most likely meet some students and teachers. The campus tour is a great opportunity for you to ask questions and have dialogue between a boarding school student and yourself in order to find out more details about the school. Need some examples of what to ask on a campus tour? Check out 7 Questions to Ask on a Campus Tour.

As part of your visit, you’ll likely also have an admission interview, something most boarding schools require as part of the application process. Find some helpful tips for completing your boarding school application here.

In the coming weeks, we’ll delve into the boarding school interview a bit more, and talk about what to ask a boarding school admission officer, and what your interviewer might ask you. We’ll also cover completing the boarding school application and taking the SSAT.

Check out the entire Advice for Applying to Boarding Schools series:

Part 1: Knowing what you want

Part 2: Creating your list of potential schools

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Stacy Jagodowski

Written by Stacy Jagodowski

Ms. Jago joined the Cheshire Academy community in August 2013 as the director of strategic marketing and communications. Prior to coming to Cheshire Academy, she spent six years working in communications offices at both colleges and private school, as well as five years in admission at both boarding schools and day schools.

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