Being able to afford the tuition and the desire to attend are only two parts of getting your child into private school. Your child also has to meet the standards set by the school. If you are currently in the process of applying to private schools, here is what you need to know.
Remember Your Child Is Not the Only One Applying
Private schools are not only closely looking at your child's qualifications. You are also being examined. During the admissions process, it is important that you make a good impression on the schools.
Part of making a good impression is ensuring that all deadlines are met and showing that you and your child have sincere interest in the school. By meeting all the deadlines, you show that you are respectful of the school's process and that you are committed to being a parent that is involved in your child's education.
Taking steps such as attending an open house or meeting with potential teachers shows that you are really interested in your child attending the school. Your eagerness can boost your child's chances.
Be Honest With the School
One of the biggest mistakes you can make when applying to private schools is to be dishonest about your child's weaknesses and strengths. The school needs to realistically know what to expect from your child.
Being honest gives the school a chance to honestly assess your child and his or her needs and whether or not he or she will be a good fit. Your honesty also shows that you are committed to getting the best for your child, as opposed to making him or her fit in where he or she is not right.
Choose Your References Wisely
If the private school asks for references, look for someone connected to the school to provide one. It is important to note that a connection to the school could be as simple as a parent of a student who is currently enrolled there.
A well-written reference letter from a parent who is familiar with your child and who can vouch for his or her character can go a long way with an admissions counselor. By contrast, a letter from someone who is not familiar with your child might not. Regardless of how well-regarded the person is in the community, it might not be useful to you.
The admissions process can be tough, but it is well worth it for your child's education. Consult with an admissions counselor to find out what other steps he or she feels you can take to improve the chances of your child being admitted.