Advice

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

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Which SSAT Testing Method Should Your Child Take?

With three SSAT testing methods to choose from—paper, Prometric, and at-home—how do you know which one is right for your child? Let’s take a closer look.

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5 Ways Parents Can Navigate the Boarding School Boom

After an initial period of uncertainty due to the pandemic, interest in boarding schools is booming. Learn how parents can navigate this new landscape.

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Understanding the SSAT: Test Options and Preparation Strategy

Learn which middle- and upper-level SSAT testing option—paper, Prometric, and at-home—is best for your child, along with best-practice preparation strategies.

#admissionchat episode 6 featuring Jeanne Crowell from Princeton Day School and Sunaina Khanna from The Enrollment Management Association

Let’s Talk About the Standard Application Online (SAO)

Hear Jeanne Crowell from Princeton Day School and Sunaina Khanna from The Enrollment Management Association discuss applying to private schools with the SAO.

#admissionchat
A prospective student getting introduced to a teacher during a private school open house visit.

Private School Open House: What To Know Before You Go

Unsure about attending a private school open house? Here’s everything you need to know from what to wear to making a good impression with the admissions team.

A male student takes the paper-based SSAT for a second time to improve his score.

How to Get Your Best Score on the SSAT

Learn the best strategies for improving SSAT test scores on the Middle and Upper Level versions with advice from the organization that created the SSAT.

SSAT Prep
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Practice Questions to Feel Good About Private School Interviews

Practice makes perfect, and these private school interview questions will help you gain confidence and discover how to tell your unique story.

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The Hidden Benefits of The Character Skills Snapshot

Should your child take the Snapshot? Learn how this character assessment is much more than a private school admission tool.

The Snapshot
A prospective high school student confidently answering a private school interview question.

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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A private school student on her first day of school.

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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How to Write an Awesome Private School Admission Essay

Private school admission officers read hundreds of application essays. Here's how your child's essay can stand out from the crowd.

SAO Applying Advice
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Recommendation Letters: Who Should You Ask — And How?

Having trouble determining who to ask for private school admission recommendation letters — and how to go about asking them? We've got you covered!

SAO Applying Advice
A prospective high school student waiving to the camera in a virtual private school interview.

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.

Admission Process
Virtual Interviews
Interviews
Revisit Days
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#admissionchat episode five with Victoria Muradi, Christine Thornton, Jeanette WooChitjian discussing the Character Skills Snapshot.

Let's Talk About the Character Skills Snapshot

Listen to admissions leaders discuss how their schools utilize the Character Skills Snapshot and why it's a good idea for applying students to take it.

#admissionchat
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5 Ways to Prevent Summer Learning Loss

Research shows that K–12 students quickly encounter summer learning loss. Help your child prevent the summer slide with tips from a private school educator.

Private school students sitting and talking on their first day of school.

Private School Life: Getting Ready to Join a New School

It's natural to feel nervous about joining a new private school community, but there are things you can do to feel more comfortable on the big first day.

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Preparing for the Character Skills Snapshot: What Every Family Needs to Know

Your child is taking the Character Skills Snapshot, and you're wondering: How can they prepare? The short answer is that they don't, but there's more to know.

The Snapshot
Kila McCann from The Bolles School and Lisa Pelrine from Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall.

Let's Talk About Interviewing

Admissions leaders from Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall and The Bolles School join #admissionchat to discuss what they're looking for in private school interviews.

Interviews
#admissionchat
Parents interviewing with a private school admissions officer.

29 Parent Interview Questions to Better Evaluate Private Schools

These private school interview tips for parents and questions to ask will help you better evaluate which schools are a fit for your child.

Interviews
Dg-interviewing
Joshua Clark, TASIS The American School in England

Let's Talk About American and International Schools

Joshua Clark from TASIS England joins #admissionchat to discuss the differences between and the benefits of American and international schools.

#admissionchat
A boy in a COVID-19 mask is getting his temperature checked before entering his private school.

COVID-19 Continues to Impact Private School Applications

Private school applications submitted in September–January for 2021–2022 schooling are down with increases to specific grades. See what it means for families.

An eighth grade girl writes her first-choice letter to her preferred private school.

First-Choice Letters: Do they Help or Hurt Admission?

What are first-choice letters? Do they improve your child's chances of getting into private school? Learn what a longtime admission director has to say.

SAO Applying Advice
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Let’s Talk About Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Dr. James Greenwood from Western Reserve Academy is featured on #admissionchat discussing diversity, equity, and inclusion in private schools.

Diversity
Equity
Inclusion
#admissionchat
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Let’s Talk About Financial Aid

Kristen Carey Power from EMA joins #admissionchat to discuss common questions families have about the private school financial aid process.

Financial Aid (Presentations)
#admissionchat
A mother and daughter nervously learning that they have been waitlisted at their top-choice private school.

Waitlisted for Private School: What You Should Know

What does it really mean when your child is waitlisted at their top-choice private school? What are your options? How long will you wait? Learn more here!

Waitlist
A family applying online to a private school with rolling admissions.

Rolling Admissions at Private Schools: What You Need to Know

Before applying to private schools with rolling admissions, there are some things you need to know about space availability, deadlines, and financial aid.

Admission Process
Two girls making new friends on a private school revisit day.

How to Make the Most of Private School Revisit Days

Before deciding upon a private school, it's a great idea to attend their admission revisit days. Here's how to gain new insight through these events.

Revisit Days
Girls skipping on their way to private school.

Finding the Best Private School for Your Child

Day or boarding school? Parochial or secular? Single-sex or coed? Unsure of the best private school for your child? Here's how to narrow the choices.

Three parents talking about a private school after an admissions visit.

Considering Private School? 10 Questions To Ask Current Parents

With so many things to consider when choosing a private school, it can feel overwhelming. Talking to parents will get answers and help put your mind at ease.

Admission Process
Selection
Students participating in a private school admissions group interview.

Understanding Private School Application Requirements

Private school applications may seem confusing at first, but there are common requirements that you can prepare in advance to save time. Let us show you.

Applications
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School Fairs
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Nov 4, 2020
A high school student on a computer preparing to take a standardized private school admission test.

10 Standardized Test Tips for Private School Admission

Learn how to prepare for taking standardized private school admission tests such as the SSAT from your friends at Admission.org.

Applications
SSAT
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Nov 3, 2020
Students in a private school classroom.

5 Private School Fair Tips for Families

Learn how to benefit from private school fairs by asking the right questions and pinpointing the comparison points that matter most to your family.

Applications
School Fairs
SSAT
A family doing yard work together.

End the Summer on a Calm Note

School is out—now what? Learn how to plan a summer vacation in the age of COVID-19 that gives kids a break from remote learning and keeps them engaged.

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Aug 19, 2020
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Technology Tips for Remote Learning

Learn best practice tips for helping students adjust from in-class education to full-time remote learning.

Remote Learning
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Jul 31, 2020
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Additional Tips for Supporting Your Child's Social-Emotional Health

As social isolation continues due to COVID-19, parents are finding it harder and harder to maintain social and emotional wellbeing. These tips will help.

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Jul 31, 2020
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Tips for Maintaining Your Student’s Social and Emotional Health

Learn how remote learning and social isolation amidst COVID-19 impacts the social and emotional health of children and what you as parents can do about it.

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Jun 10, 2020
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Strategies for Keeping Kids Engaged During Distance Learning

Remote learning isn't easy for students or parents, but these useful strategies will help your child stay focused and engaged while working from home.

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Jun 10, 2020
A high school girl attending class remotely with her laptop and headphones.

Remote Tips For Your Kids (And You)!

Learn how to lay new ground rules to better manage the new stay-at-home reality of remote learning for everyone in your household.

An elementary school boy doing his schoolwork on a tablet.

Recorded Webinar: Navigating Parenting and Learning in a Remote Environment

Watch this insightful discussion from industry experts to answer your remote learning questions about screen time, social isolation, healthy habits, and more.

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Jun 2, 2020

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