At first, applying to private school can seem overwhelming. But by being prepared and knowing the items below that are expected, it will be an enriching experience that helps you learn more about your child and family.
Once you’ve made your school choices, don’t put off applying.
Don’t pin all your or your child’s hopes on one particular school. Your child would likely prosper at more than one school and several schools might be an appropriate fit for your family.
Consider whether they are important to you. Riding stables or a skating rink may be impressive, but are these your child’s interests?
Don’t push them into a school where they will feel overwhelmed.
Don’t withhold pertinent information about your child. The goal is to ensure his or her needs can be met at the school.
Be prepared to deal with less than stellar results and remember most schools will consider more than just test scores.
If you are not prepared for your child to be assigned two hours of homework a night, don’t sign up for a school where this would be expected.
These are an important component of many private and independent schools. Find out the level of participation expected and consider how this suits your child.
Expectations vary and you want to be comfortable with the level of involvement and type of contribution.
Admissions officers expect and welcome them, so go in with a written checklist.
Bursaries or other financial support might be available.