Insider's Guide to Applying to Private School

Posted by Andrew Weller, Dean of Enrollment and Strategic Marketing on Apr 1, 2020 12:27:00 PM

Starting the process early will make the experience easier.

Applying to private school can be a daunting process and one that requires significant time and energy from a family.  While this may not be the most encouraging opening thought, if embraced, it will actually make the process much less daunting.  

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Topics: Insider, School search, become ready, Looking at private schools, choosing a school

Letting Your Child Choose Their School - Pluses and Pitfalls

Posted by Andrew Weller, Dean of Enrollment and Strategic Marketing on Feb 6, 2020 12:14:54 PM

Before being accepted to a private school, establish with your child how the choice will be made.

The role of the student in selecting a school is a complicated one because it generally reflects parenting styles, family values, and priorities.  The range goes from the parent making the decision, to collaborative decision making between parents and student, to the student choosing from among parent-approved options, to the student independently making the decision.  What’s most important among those options is deciding in advance which one to choose.  

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Topics: Insider, St. Stephens and St. Agnes, School search, become ready, Looking at private schools, choosing a school

Unraveling the Mystery of School Financial Aid

Posted by Andrew Weller, Dean of Enrollment and Strategic Marketing on Dec 8, 2019 9:14:00 AM

So, how do schools determine who ‘needs’ financial aid and who doesn’t?

Indeed, financial aid can be a mystery.  But it shouldn’t be. Transparency about policies, procedures and priorities is indicative of a well-run program that aims to take away the mystery.

It should be noted that part of the mystery is that different ‘types’ of schools have different types of programs but if families don’t recognize the difference in schools, then the differences in programs can contribute to the confusion.  

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Topics: Insider, School search, become ready, Looking at private schools, Financial Aid

Co-education is Where the Myths, Assumptions and Stereotypes Can Be Broken

Posted by Andrew Weller, Dean of Enrollment and Strategic Marketing on Oct 10, 2019 2:28:32 PM

Co-education

In some ways, it seems odd to be explaining or defending coeducation.  Isn’t that the norm? Isn’t the burden on single-gender high schools to be explaining or defending themselves?  But in some places in the country, including Washington, D.C., there are almost as many single-sex schools as there are coed schools, particularly when you include Catholic high schools.  And many of those schools provide an excellent education. So, if you can get a strong college prep education from both single-gender and coed schools, how do you decide?

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Topics: Insider, School search, Looking at private schools, co-ed, single gender

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