I'm not sure if our experience is the norm, but our admissions process could not have been easier. SMUS has rolling admissions, so there is no deadline, but earlier applications are better to ensure space. We filled out the online registration, sent in her standardized test scores and a copy of her latest report card and we had a Skype interview with the admissions counselor very shortly after that. She was offered a spot that day. I'm not sure if this is the norm or not, but we were delighted. We toured the school and others, and the decision was made. Admissions staff was exceedingly helpful in answering questions, sending us information, and generally just made the process smooth and welcoming.
Our experience with admissions was unique, because our son was fortunate to be a recipient of the Best School Year Ever scholarship in his first year. In this regard, we could not have been more pleased. The Admissions team had an excellent combination of empathy and understanding (it was a big step for us to send our 14 year old across the country to school) with encouragement to allow him to flourish. The personal and ongoing contact made from the Admissions team - particularly the Director of Admissions - has made for an exceptionally good experience for us as parents. The Admissions team was there to walk us through the process of applying for Apple financial to ensure that our son could continue at St. Michael's after being a recipient of the Best School Year Ever Scholarship. We were very happy with the admissions team and felt very comfortable to reach out as needed. Again, we never contemplated applying to the school in the beginning, it was something that our son pursued mainly on his own. We never dreamed that he'd be having the experience that he has been provided by St.Michael's. In the past 2 years he has had every amount of guidance needed to plan for his final 2 years of high school and beyond.
Our admissions process was fairly smooth. We simply applied using the online application and then we had a Skype interview that was fairly simple as well. In the application, there were a series of questions meant to be completed by the student, that asked about their passions, extracurriculars, grades, and so on. All in all, the questions were comprehensive, far-reaching, and mainly seemed geared in giving the admissions team a full picture of the applicant and their various skills outside of the academic. As I recall, there were placement tests too, in just Math and English. There was also the choice for them to send in their PSAT or SSAT results. It wasn’t stressful at all and the admissions officers were more than willing to answer any of our inquiries about the school. I really feel like the focus of the admissions department is ensuring that your children would make a valuable addition to the school community.