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What to expect at a private school open house?

Last updated: 
October 24, 2023

Private school open houses are well-planned and coordinated events designed to showcase the school, answer family questions, and provide the necessary information to proceed with the application process.

Schools are always looking for new and creative ways to introduce themselves at open houses and stand out from their peer schools, but you can expect some representation of the following activities at each.

  • An opening reception with refreshments to welcome families and introduce the school’s admissions team and administration. 
  • A planned presentation or information session to learn about the school’s educational philosophy; mission and values; academic, art, and athletic programs; special programs; and information about the admissions process, financial aid, and application deadlines.
  • A campus tour where you’ll see the classrooms and laboratories, library, arts studios and theater, athletic training and competition facilities, dining hall, common areas such as a student lounge or quad, and dormitories if it is a boarding school. Current students often conduct tours.
  • Opportunities to meet and ask questions of teachers, coaches, dorm parents, current students, and sometimes even current parents.
  • Student performances, such as a string ensemble playing during the reception or an art exhibit on display.
  •  Open Q&A time where families can get clarification on any lingering questions. 

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