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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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How much time can I save with the SAO?

How much time can your family save applying to private schools with the Standard Application Online (SAO)? Learn how you can save 14 hours or more with the SAO.

SAO (Page Advice)
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Jun 27, 2022
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Is it hard to get into private school?

It's a question without a one-size-fits-all answer. Let's take a look at the factors families should consider to bring clarity to the question about getting in.

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May 24, 2022
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How to Prepare Your Child for Boarding School

How can you get your child ready for boarding school? Here are some things you can start doing well before you load up the car and say your goodbyes.

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May 12, 2022
May 12, 2022
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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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