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Important Boarding School Application Deadlines

If you’re thinking about applying to boarding school, there are several important boarding school application deadlines that you need to meet.

#1: Admission Application

Unless your school offers rolling admission, typically, your completed admission application deadlines occur in either January or February. There are several components of your application that all must be completed by this deadline and submitted in full to the admission office.

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  • Student application: This portion of the application is to be completed by the student, and includes short answer questions, as well as essay questions. Give yourself enough time to complete the questions, proof and edit them, before you submit the application.
  • Parent application: This portion of the application is to be completed by the parent, and includes questions about both the family and the child applying for admission. Honest answers are crucial in helping the school determine if your child is a good fit for the school, and if they can meet the needs of your child. Do not withhold information, and be sure to obtain copies of any testing your child may have undergone that needs to be submitted with the final application.

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  • Application fee: Most applications have a fee, and missing this one requirement could jeopardize your chances for acceptance. Sometimes, schools like Cheshire Academy, will offer a fee waiver for early applications. The Academy waived its fee for anyone who submitted their application before the end of November. Watch for special application deadlines like these!
  • Transcript requests: A school cannot determine if your child is suitable to succeed in their academic environment without transcripts. Submit the forms to your school with ample time for them to complete them before the deadlines.
  • Teacher Recommendations: These recommendations are vital to painting a picture of your child as a scholar: his strengths, areas in need of improvement, personality, and potential. Again, be sure to make sure you give teachers ample time to complete these forms, and provide friendly reminders to ensure they are completed on time.
  • Interview: Most schools require interviews, either in person or via Skype, so that the admission counselor can get to know the student. Parents are sometimes also asked to interview.  
  • Standardized testing: Make sure that you schedule your test dates early enough so that scores can be received by your school before the deadline. If you think you may want to take the SSAT more than once, be sure to start early in the fall with testing dates.
  • Financial Aid: If you’re applying for aid, meeting the deadlines is crucial. Financial aid is usually awarded to families on a first-come, first-served basis (assuming that you qualify), and once funds have been allocated, that’s it. The longer you wait to submit your application, the less likely it is that you will receive an aid package.

#2: Notification Day

Notification day is what you’ve been waiting for! This is the day that can change your life, and it usually happens around March 10. Boarding schools typically adhere to this date to allow families to receive their admission decisions all at once, making it easier for you to weigh your options and make your choice on where to enroll.

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#3: Response Day

Just as you had deadlines to submit your applications, there’s also a deadline to accept an offer of admission at boarding school. Most schools have an April 10 enrollment deadline, and after this date your acceptance to school might be withdrawn if you haven’t completed your enrollment agreement and submitted your deposit. Many schools have waiting lists, or students who are qualified to attend the school but have not yet been accepted due to limited space. If you decide not to attend one the schools where you’ve been accepted, your slot will become open again and be offered to waiting list students.

Once you’ve completed your enrollment agreement, you’ll officially be a student at your new boarding school, congratulations! Throughout the spring and summer you can expect periodic information about signing up for classes, vacation dates, and more.

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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