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Q&A Roundtables

Get more perspective on your school choices

Hear alumni and current parents field questions and share their insights into a school—including its culture, strengths, and weaknesses.



Have a school in mind? In 40 to 60 MINUTES we’ll give you perspective that took our panelists YEARS to develop.

Our panelists will reveal:

  • Why they originally chose the school, and how their perspective on the school has evolved over time
  • What they appreciate most about the school—and what they wish were different about it
  • The implicit values of the school—values you might not see touted in the glossy brochures
  • What you, as a prospective family, might find surprising about the school
  • Advice for a family/child just entering the school

Get access to Q&A Roundtable recordings now

Location School name date Start time (60 min)
Ottawa, Ontario Joan of Arc Academy / Academie Jeanne d'Arc October 09, 2020 1pm EST Watch Recording
Toronto, Ontario Signet Christian School October 10, 2020 10am EST Watch Recording
Ottawa, Ontario Académie Westboro Academy October 06, 2020 7pm EST Watch Recording
Toronto, Ontario Blyth Academy October 15, 2020 6pm EST Watch Recording
Montreal, Quebec The Sacred Heart School of Montreal October 07, 2020 7pm EST Watch Recording
Toronto, Ontario Upper Canada College October 08, 2020 5pm EST Watch Recording
Bayfield, Ontario Virtual High School October 06, 2020 5pm EST Watch Recording
King, Ontario The Country Day School October 13, 2020 7pm EST Watch Recording
Fort Erie, Ontario Niagara Christian Collegiate October 07, 2020 4pm EST Watch Recording
Burlington, Ontario Ashwood Glen October 06, 2020 11am EST Watch Recording
Toronto, Ontario Waldorf Academy October 08, 2020 7pm EST Watch Recording
Calgary, Alberta North Point School For Boys October 14, 2020 5pm MST Watch Recording
Toronto, Ontario Keystone International Schools October 15, 2020 5pm EST Watch Recording
Westmount, Quebec Miss Edgar's & Miss Cramp's School October 06, 2020 7pm EST Watch Recording
Toronto, Ontario Junior Academy October 13, 2020 4pm EST Watch Recording
Toronto, Ontario Sunnybrook School October 07, 2020 5pm EST Watch Recording
Toronto, Ontario Montcrest School October 13, 2020 12pm EST Watch Recording
Belleville, Ontario Albert College October 15, 2020 2pm EST Watch Recording
Toronto, Ontario City Academy October 08, 2020 7pm EST Watch Recording
Ottawa, Ontario Elmwood School October 07, 2020 1pm EST Watch Recording
North Vancouver, British Columbia Bodwell High School October 11, 2020 10am PST Watch Recording
Stanstead, Quebec Stanstead College October 16, 2020 1pm EST Watch Recording
Toronto, Ontario La Citadelle International Academy of Arts & Science October 10, 2020 11am EST Watch Recording
Toronto, Ontario Hawthorn School October 05, 2020 7pm EST Watch Recording
Toronto, Ontario The York School October 15, 2020 7pm EST Watch Recording
Toronto, Ontario The Linden School October 13, 2020 5pm EST Watch Recording
Toronto, Ontario The Mabin School October 14, 2020 7pm EST Watch Recording
Markham, Ontario Peoples Christian Academy (PCA) October 08, 2020 12pm EST Watch Recording
Calgary, Alberta West Island College October 15, 2020 11am MST Watch Recording
Markham, Ontario Sunrise Montessori School October 08, 2020 1pm EST Watch Recording
Toronto, Ontario OAT - Ontario Academy of Technology October 08, 2020 2pm EST Watch Recording
Toronto, Ontario Branksome Hall October 14, 2020 5pm EST Watch Recording
Toronto, Ontario Prestige Schools October 14, 2020 12pm EST Watch Recording
Toronto, Ontario Arrowsmith School October 08, 2020 1pm EST Watch Recording
Toronto, Ontario The Giles School October 10, 2020 12pm EST Watch Recording
Rosseau, Ontario Rosseau Lake College October 05, 2020 2pm EST Watch Recording
Toronto, Ontario Bond Academy October 15, 2020 2pm EST Watch Recording
Oakville, Ontario St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School October 06, 2020 10am EST Watch Recording
Summerland, British Columbia Unisus School October 05, 2020 6pm PST Watch Recording
Port Hope, Ontario Trinity College School October 15, 2020 7pm EST Watch Recording
Beamsville, Ontario Great Lakes Christian High School October 07, 2020 6pm EST Watch Recording
Toronto, Ontario Northmount School October 14, 2020 6pm EST Watch Recording
Lakefield, Ontario Lakefield College School October 07, 2020 5pm EST Watch Recording
Toronto, Ontario The Rosedale Day School October 14, 2020 1pm EST Watch Recording
Thetford, Vermont(USA) Thetford Academy October 09, 2020 11am EST Watch Recording
Toronto, Ontario St. Clement's School October 15, 2020 5pm EST Watch Recording
Toronto, Ontario The Sterling Hall School October 14, 2020 9am EST Watch Recording
Toronto, Ontario Toronto Prep School October 14, 2020 7pm EST Watch Recording
Vaughan, Ontario Delano Academy October 15, 2020 7pm EST Watch Recording
Burlington, Ontario Glenn Arbour Academy October 15, 2020 7pm EST Watch Recording
Dollard des Ormeaux, Quebec Emmanuel Christian School October 05, 2020 7pm EST Watch Recording
Toronto, Ontario Sidney Ledson Institute October 13, 2020 6pm EST Watch Recording
Richmond Hill, Ontario Holy Trinity School October 15, 2020 7pm EST Watch Recording
Rothesay, New Brunswick Rothesay Netherwood School October 07, 2020 8pm AST Watch Recording
Toronto, Ontario WillowWood School October 13, 2020 6pm EST Watch Recording
Calgary, Alberta Banbury Crossroads School October 08, 2020 8pm MST Watch Recording
Oakville, Ontario Appleby College October 07, 2020 7pm EST Watch Recording
Toronto, Ontario Esprit Academy October 15, 2020 4pm EST Watch Recording
Mississauga, Ontario Kendellhurst Academy October 08, 2020 7pm EST Watch Recording
Toronto, Ontario St. Michael's College School October 14, 2020 7pm EST Watch Recording
Toronto, Ontario Braemar College October 06, 2020 1pm EST Watch Recording
Toronto, Ontario Central Montessori Schools October 14, 2020 12pm EST Watch Recording
Mississauga, Ontario Holy Name of Mary College School October 14, 2020 10am EST Watch Recording
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Admissions Pathway events are now closed. Find a list of upcoming Open House events and deadlines in the Our Kids Event Calendar here.




Walk the full pathway.
It's the best way to meet and research schools in-depth

  1. Browse and categorize your options Step 1

    • Get a clear picture of the school landscape. Browse schools and start to create your shortlist—so you can begin organizing your thoughts, and so we can customize the rest of your experience on the Admissions Pathway, enabling you to focus your attention and energy on your potential best-fit schools.

    Starts Sept 21, 2020
  2. Learn from experts at the Virtual Expo Step 2

    • A one-day event to quickly and easily drop in on live video chats with school reps, where you can ask questions or observe schools answer questions from other families. Interact with all your potential schools, and meet some new ones, in an efficient and non-committal way.

      Plus, participate in live video seminars and panel discussions given by experts and education consultants on topics chosen to help you during your search and application process.

      Seminar Itinerary:

      • Choosing a school (1 hour)  
        • Learn:

          • What to look for when researching schools
          • The three questions every school needs to answer well, and what "good answers" look like
          • What it means to focus on finding a school that is the right "fit", and the factors to look for in determining fit
          • Whether you should choose a school that plays to your child's strengths, or that challenges them on their current weaknesses
          • Is choosing a school a matter of logic or "gut feel?"
          • The two crucial elements any school must satisfactorily deliver, and how to judge if they are delivering them
          • The red flags you want to watch carefully for
          • How to leverage current parents to enhance your research
          • The mistakes families commonly make that undermine their ability to pick the optimal school
          • How to bring school admissions officers onto your "team", and why honesty is indeed your best policy
      • Tuition costs, scholarships, & financial aid (30 minutes) 
        • Learn:

          • Why private schools are more accessible than you might think
          • Questions to ask schools to get a full handle on tuition and expenses
          • The motivation for schools to offer financial aid
          • How to approach asking schools about financial aid
          • How applications for financial aid are evaluated
          • Typical financial aid package sizes
          • Which grades get the most financial aid
          • How to ask schools about arranging payment plans
          • Which tax breaks you may be eligible for
      • Knowing when a school isn't working (30 minutes) 
        • Learn:

          • Five ingredients all objectively good schools share
          • The outsized role of school leadership on your experience
          • How to recognize a poor fit early
          • The number one sign a school isn't working for a child
          • Reasons why a school might not be working for a child
          • Is the problem your child, the school, or the fit?
          • When to change schools and when to work within the school on an internal solution
          • What to expect when switching from a public to a private school
      • Hindsight from parents on choosing a school (30 minutes) 
        • Learn:

          • What they found most challenging about the search, and how they tried to address those challenges
          • What they discovered about the process that surprised them
          • How they ended up deciding between multiple choices
          • How they would change their approach were they to choose a school again
    October 3
  3. Hear from current parents: Q&A Roundtables Step 3

    • Attend 60-minute virtual roundtables for each school you're interested in or considering, where alumni and current students and parents will field questions and share their perspective on the school—including its culture, strengths, and weaknesses.

      We've designed our questions, for your sake, to generate insights that will guide your school search.

      Questions to be answered by alumni and current parents  
      • Alumni:

        • What did you appreciate most about the school?
        • What would you change about the school if you could?
        • What most differentiates the school from others, in your mind?
        • If the school were to become a person, what would its personality be like — in only three words?
        • What is the "typical student" like?
        • What would families find most surprising about the school?
        • What advice would you give students just entering the school?

        Current parents:

        • What do you think the school's strong points are, and where is it weakest?
        • Why did you choose the school originally? Are you happy with the choice? In what ways is the school what you expected — and in what ways is it not?
        • How would you describe the values of the school — and the values of other families?


      See Q&A Roundtable schedule here

    October 5 to 18
  4. Speak directly with school admissions teams, one-on-one Step 4

    • Start a one-on-one conversation with school admissions officers. Having evaluated schools from afar, it's time to delve into details, and bring them onto your "team."

      For each potential school, book a 20-minute discovery meeting, hosted by video conference, where admissions officers will walk you through a short, structured process of getting to know you and your child, answer your questions (which may be more private or idiosyncratic in nature), and advise you on your school search.

      The meeting will begin a conversation about the suitability of the school for your child. It carries no expectations or commitment.

      Admissions officers will walk you through a structured process of getting to know you and your child.

      How schools will conduct the meeting  
        • They'll ask if you have any specific goals for the meeting, or if you're happy to follow their plan
        • They'll ask you about your child's history and current circumstances, about your reasons for seeking out a school,
        • They'll outline their initial thoughts on the possible fit for your child
        • They'll invite questions
        • They'll discuss next steps if you want to continue the conversation


      During such meetings, schools typically try to discern what environment is truly best for a child, and advise families accordingly. If you sense a school is simply pitching you, it's a red flag.

      Types of questions to ask during the meeting  
        • Ask schools about the kind of students they serve uniquely well, and how and why your child, specifically, may or may not fit that mold
        • Raise any current problems or issues your child is currently experiencing, and ask how their school may or may not address them, (be open and honest with admission officers, as they can only help you if they know your situation)
        • Ask schools about financial aid (schools are expecting you to ask, and asking will NOT affect your chance of admission)
        • Ask schools about their admissions process, and the next steps


    October 5 to 24
  5. RSVP for important Open House events and tours Step 5

    • You've narrowed your sights to a few schools, and have rationally evaluated each one.

      Now it's time to personally or virtually SEE the school and get a visceral sense of life at the school through an in-person or virtual open house or tour event. We recommend you do so for all schools you're seriously considering.

      Bring your child along for the ride and aim to tune into and follow your gut reactions.

    Throughout Fall
  6. Access key application requirements and deadlines Step 6

    • The final step is to make a formal application for enrollment. Pay close attention to deadlines and requirements, and apply to multiple schools if there is any chance of not getting into your top choice.

    Throughout Fall


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