Your private school journey starts here!

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.

First, explore your options with the SSAT School Search Tool, which allows you to find and search for schools that accept the Standard Application Online (SAO).

Next, compare your top schools—no travel required. Attend an upcoming Virtual School Fair to connect with admission representatives from schools in the U.S. and Canada.

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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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How to Make a Great Impression in Private School Interviews

It's true that there's only one chance to make a great first impression. These tips will help prepare students to shine in private school admission interviews.

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Aug 23, 2021
Aug 23, 2021
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Finding the Right School Starts with the Right Mindset!

If you're starting a private school search, let's take a look at how the right mindset can alleviate anxiety and provide a more rewarding search process.

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Aug 20, 2021
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How to Stand Out in Virtual Private School Interviews

These seven tips from Admission.org will help your child leave a lasting impression in virtual interviews with the most competitive private schools.

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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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