Applying to private boarding schools takes planning and organization. You should become familiar with the requirements of all the private boarding schools to which you apply.
- Organization-Before you even begin to apply to private boarding schools, you'll need to create a folder that will hold all of the essential information necessary for application. This information should include the names and contact information for each school to which you are applying, admission packages from each school, letters of references in duplicate copies, grade transcripts, and any necessary entrance exam scores. Once you've compiled a folder with all of this information, you are ready to begin applying to private boarding schools.
- Admission Packets-The admissions department of each school will typically be responsible for mailing admission packets upon request. Be sure you allow plenty of time to request and receive these packets before you begin applying to private boarding schools. Admission packets generally include the following: student handbooks, school catalog, application forms, recommendation forms, request for secondary school aptitude test results, and lists of important dates, including application deadlines and admissions notification dates.
- Interview-The majority of private boarding schools require at least one interview as part of the application process. Typically, this interview is conducted on-site at the school campus. In some cases, however, the interview may be conducted in the applicant's area if the school is located a great distance away. This can generally be done only if an alumna lives in the applicant's area, although sometimes recruiters handle interviews in various areas of the country. Because you will need to visit the school, however, it is usually standard to schedule an interview at the time of your visit. The interview will allow the admission's officer to form an opinion of you, but it will also allow you the opportunity to form your opinions of the school to which you are applying.
- Attitude and Attire-While you don't have to spend a small fortune on a new outfit for the interview, you should dress nicely. Appearance does matter in making a good first impression, and you'll want to look your best. While you may feel nervous at the thought of a formal interview, you should try to be yourself, while at the same time projecting a polite and respectful manner.
- Portfolio-While you can verbally express your interests, talents, and hobbies during your interview, you should also prepare a portfolio as well. The portfolio should contain examples of your work, lists of awards and honors, newspaper articles documenting your achievements, and any other relevant material. Your portfolio should feature the best of you!
- Financial Aid-Applying for financial aid at a private boarding school really isn't any different than applying for financial aid at a university. You'll need to request a financial aid packet from the school's financial aid office, and you must return the information by the deadline given. If you have questions, don't hesitate to contact the financial aid officer of the school.
- Applying Late-Unfortunately, many private boarding schools have long waiting lists, so you may not be able to get in to your first school of choice if you are applying late. There are, however, many fine boarding schools which will have openings for late applicants. You'll need to contact the school's admissions department. Keep in mind, though, that you will probably not be able to apply for financial aid if the deadline has already passed for that particular semester. This will not prevent you from applying for financial aid for the next semester, however.
- Educational Consultants-Finally, if the application process for private boarding schools is simply too overwhelming, you can hire an educational consultant to sort through all of the necessary documentation. An educational consultant can guide your through the student assessment process and the school planning schedule.