Private School Admissions Consulting
Private schools are increasing in popularity as parents become dissatisfied with public school funding and are concerned about college applications. The option of private schools is common enough that it may be an ideal choice for your child if convenient. There are several benefits of private school. On average, students tend to perform better academically and go on to more prestigious colleges; there may be a greater variety of classes, which leads more learning opportunities; finally, because private schools tend to have a particular academic and social philosophy, students and parents may feel more “at home”. This all sounds nice, but the catch is a complex admissions process. To be certain, every school has unique features that may or may not be right for your student, so thorough research of school choices is necessary. And with all these benefits comes high admissions competitiveness. There is a formal application process that bears similarity to that of higher education.
Private School Applications
Obviously, requirements will vary from school to school, but these basic components will be consistent. he overall application should not vary by much, so this will give you a good idea about what to expect.
The main application documents will ask for basic personal and academic information. Past academic performance has a huge impact on private school admissions. Private schools with a strong reputation intend to maintain such prestige, and are certainly seeking students whose grades meet their reputation. In addition, students with special interests, skills, and talents will generally have greater admissions potential. Essentially, the caliber of the student must meet or exceed that of the school. Standards vary between schools, so it is important to work with a consultant who is familiar with local schools.
Applications generally include a couple personal essay prompts. In these essays, your student will need to think critically about his or her life, goals, and/or influences. These topics may be totally foreign to young students. A high-quality consultant can help your student bring out his or her own unique ideas and experiences, and then organize them into a coherent essay.
Interviews and/or Observations
Yes indeed, middle school students will be interviewed by private school admissions officers. Interviews are much like college interviews. Schools are need to assess how the student responds to critical questions, what his or her overall dynamic is like. Parents may or may not be present, depending on the school. This makes preparation especially important. Much like the essays, students have probably never experienced a formal interview before. While appropriate etiquette and sophisticated responses are a must, it is important not to force students to simply memorize answers. They should feel totally comfortable acting naturally in an interview. While they are being assessed, students should also be seeking additional information about the school. If your student is particularly interested in athletics, or studies music, or hopes to be a doctor, he or she should inquire further about such topics. TutorNerds admissions consultants can help students understand the significance of an interview, and prepare for any question.
K-8 entrance exams serve as a way to standardize all applicants. Class difficulties vary, meaning comparing students according to grades and academic performance is not so accurate. Like the SAT and ACT for college, these exams allow admissions officers to compare students on an even ground. There are several commercially available exams used by schools, such as the ISEE, HSPT, and SSAT, though some schools make their own. Preparation is of paramount importance here because there is only one opportunity to take an entrance exam–consider TutorNerds Test Prep.
TutorNerds Admissions Experts
TutorNerds admissions faculty is composed of seasoned admissions consulting professionals. Our admissions consultants have a deep understanding of the role of admissions in a student’s life. They have helped hundreds of applicants get into their ideal programs. Most of our admissions consultants have worked on admissions committees or as advisers—many at top universities throughout the nation. They bring practical insight into the admissions process and an idea of what admissions committees and officers are looking for.
Let us give our definition of exceptional admissions consulting: Presenting your student in the best possible light. Schools need to choose him or her from among many applicants. But a school admissions officer only understands the potential according to what appears on the application. So the goal of TutorNerds consulting is to bring out the best version of your student on the application. Our approach is highly personalized and comprehensive. TutorNerds consultants have the working knowledge of the field of admissions to advise you appropriately. In order to assemble the best application, it is best to start early so that our consultants have the opportunity to understand your strengths, and so you can carefully address each stage in the application process according to those strengths.
TutorNerds consultants empirically address every aspect of the admissions process, even which private schools would be the right fit for you. You are not left on your own with anything; consultants are experienced in all the areas you need to have a strong application. Whether you know exactly where and what you want to study, or if you are entirely uninformed about the available options, we are happy and motivated to partner any student in reaching his or her goals.
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