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Applying to boarding school | Common apps for secondary schools

Applying to boarding school means filling out applications. You may find yourself applying to multiple schools for your high school career, which means the potential for multiple applications. So how do you make it easier? Look for common applications for secondary schools!

Similar to how many colleges and universities accept the common app, so do many boarding schools and other secondary schools, including day schools. Using a common application for secondary schools allows you to complete one application and apply to several schools at once. This one simple step can save you a lot of time and make the secondary school application process much easier. Be sure to check that all your schools accept this application though, as some school prefer you use their own applications.

If you know you’re applying to all boarding schools, head on over to The Association of Boarding Schools to access their common application. The forms in this secondary school application include a general information form, to be completed by you and your family; an application questionnaire for you the student to complete; and several teacher recommendation forms, which you need to give to your teachers. For tips on using the Boarding Schools Admission Application Form, visit TABS online.

If you’re applying to a combination of boarding schools and day schools, you might consider using another common application, like the Standard Application Online (SAO) offered by SSAT. The SAO is accepted at more than 450 different elementary, middle and secondary schools worldwide. Use their search tools to find the schools that interest you, and filter out the schools that don’t accept the SAO.

Similar to the Boarding Schools Admission Application Form, the SAO asks for general biographical information, as well as student essays, a parent statement, teacher recommendation forms, and sometimes a school supplement.

No matter which common app you choose to use, always check with the schools you are applying to, to determine if you need to complete any additional documentation. Plus, don’t forget interviews and any required standardized testing. Finally,make sure you proofread your application!

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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