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Can private schools refuse students?

Last updated: 
January 18, 2024

Yes, unlike public schools that enroll students based mainly on residency, private schools conduct a thorough application process to review and admit students who are likely to succeed in the school’s programs. Private schools are required to adhere to anti-discrimination laws and they strive to maintain a diverse student body.

Acceptance rates vary significantly by school, and the most competitive schools typically receive more applications from qualified candidates than there are open spaces. While not getting accepted at a top-choice school is heartbreaking, it’s important to keep in perspective that admission decisions aren’t personal, and one school’s decision isn’t a predictor for the likelihood of enrollment at another school.

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