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How do I apply for a private school in the USA?

Last updated: 
October 24, 2023

The application process for private schools in the United States typically includes the following:

While these requirements likely resemble those for private schools in other countries, be aware that the application timeline may differ for schools in the United States. It’s essential to review the deadline dates for each school carefully and be aware that some schools have adopted a rolling admissions model. 

Families applying from outside of the United States may find it difficult to attend an in-person tour and interview. In general, admission teams are understanding of this, and many boarding schools have online tours on their website and are willing to conduct virtual interviews.

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