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Welcome to the first step on the path to the school of your dreams! Curated by your friends at The Enrollment Management Association, creator of the SSAT, Admission.org is your resource for navigating the K–12 private and independent school admission process.

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Start Your Private
School Journey

Whatever your reason for exploring a private school education, here’s everything you need to know to move forward in the admission process. 

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Step 1

Discover

Before you can find your child's best-fit school, you need to know what it looks like. Start your journey by doing some homework.

Explore your options with our Private School Finder, which allows you to search for schools that accept the Standard Application Online (SAO).  

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Step 2

Prepare for School

Once you find potential schools for your child, it’s time to begin the admission process. There is a lot to know and do before you submit your applications.

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Step 3

Apply

Your student is now prepped, assessed, and focused on their dream schools. What’s next?

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Step 4

Enroll

Congratulations! You’ve found and applied to a school that serves your family’s needs. Now, you need to wait for an enrollment decision.

Most schools will inform you of their decisions in early March: you may be accepted, declined, or added to the waiting list. Once your student is enrolled, they can begin planning their schedule—and their new life—at their dream school.

Remember: you don’t have to navigate this process alone! Enroll in Admission Academy for a full year of admission advice and insights.

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Admission Advice

Explore tips and resources for every step in the K–12 private school admission process.

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Encouraging Your Child to Write a Self-Revealing Application Essay

Learn how to encourage your child to think retrospectively and write a self-revealing private school application essay that shows their unique qualities.

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Dec 20, 2021
Dec 20, 2021
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11 Parent Statement Tips for Private School Applications

How do you provide insight on application forms that help schools see your child’s unique qualities? These tips will help you cut through the clutter.

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Dec 16, 2021
Dec 16, 2021
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Guessing on the SSAT: Good or Bad?

Is it good to guess answers on the SSAT? These pointers from the creator of the SSAT will help you better understand when guessing can help or hurt SSAT scores.

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Dec 3, 2021
Dec 3, 2021

Virtual School Fairs

Find your best-fit school, no travel required. Attend an upcoming Virtual School Fair to connect with admission representatives from top schools in the U.S. and Canada.

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About Us

Admission.org is brought to you by The Enrollment Management Association (EMA), the makers of The SSAT, The Standard Application Online (SAO), and The Character Skills Snapshot.

A nonprofit organization, EMA provides professional support, advocacy, and strategic enrollment tools to the enrollment offices of more than 1,300 independent schools. We also administer the SSAT to 80,000+ potential students each year.

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