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Apply To Private Schools in Massachusetts With
the Standard Application Online (SAO)

The Standard Application Online is the most efficient way of applying to private schools in Massachusetts from Boston to Pittsfield. Our premier common application is accepted at 59 of the best private schools in Massachusetts, saving you the time and frustration of individual applications!

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14+ hours saved on average with the SAO. How much time will you save?

How does the SAO work in Massachusetts?

The SAO is your best option for submitting private school applications in Massachusetts for students entering prekindergarten through grade 12. It works by standardizing all necessary forms and documentation from teacher recommendations to student essays into one simple online application.

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Account Creation

Get started today by creating an account in our family portal (displays as SSAT). You can also create an account and directly apply to private schools in Massachusetts below.

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Family Profile

The SAO easily handles multi-household families, letting schools know whom to contact and where to send their materials.

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Interests and Achievements

Help schools get to know your child by submitting interests and academic or personal achievements. Even upload multimedia links such as YouTube channels or blog pages to highlight athletic, art, or writing abilities.

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Required Documentation

Add parent statements, student essays, recommendations, and transcripts once and seamlessly submit them to all schools to which you apply. School-specific instructions and supplemental forms are clearly indicated.

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Recommendation & Transcript Requests

Make recommendation requests and track submissions through the SAO. Likewise, request transcripts from school administrators by officially signing release forms through the system.

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Standardized Test Results

Track individual school requirements for the SSAT and the Character Skills Snapshot, and individually release scores and results to each school.

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Financial Aid

Financial aid applications are managed separately through each school; however, you indicate whether your family intends to apply for tuition assistance on the SAO.

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All-in-One Dashboard

Track individual school deadlines and the completion of all SAO applications through one convenient dashboard!

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Family Support

Have a question or hit a snag? No problem! Quickly access FAQ answers in our Help Center, or contact our friendly Support team for more detailed questions.

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School Participation

Participating schools give SAO submissions equal consideration as those submitted through the school’s website. In many cases, schools have integrated the SAO with their native admission application.

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Application Fees

All school application fees are charged through the SAO, and the convenience cost of using the SAO is only $10 per application. Families that receive an application fee waiver from the school won’t incur either charge.

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What Our Schools Are Saying

Doug Price

Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid

Middlesex (MA)

"We know that many families find the school application process complex and daunting...The SAO is a rich application platform that is both family friendly and provides admission officers with ample information on each applicant.

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