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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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About Us

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

A nonprofit organization, EMA supports a vast network of private schools and over 80,000 applicant families annually.

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