Insider's Guide to Applying to Private School

Posted by Andrew Weller, Dean of Enrollment and Strategic Marketing on Sep 16, 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

SSAT Truth: Inside Track From An Admission Director

Posted by Jon Kunz on Sep 14, 2020 12:41:23 PM

What you need to know about the SSAT

If you are reading this information, you are likely beginning to consider a private high school education. Whether you have already registered your child to take the SSAT or are considering registering for the SSAT, this information will serve to answer some of your questions regarding the SSAT directly from an admission officer’s point of view. 

I have heard that the SSAT is a “common measure” of academic ability.  What about the SSAT is “common”?

When you hear an admission officer refer to “common measure,” he or she is simply stating that the SSAT provides schools the ability to measure student academic abilities in verbal, math, and reading skills which students need for successful performance in independent schools. These test results are typically used in addition to the subjective components of the admission process such as teacher recommendations, interview, and

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Topics: School search, Looking at private schools, choosing a school, SSAT

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

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