The Standard Application Online (SAO) is the most efficient way of applying to private schools. Why spend hours pouring over multiple application forms and essays when our premier common application is accepted at over 400 top private schools in North America? Save yourself the time and frustration of individual applications by starting your SAO today!
The SAO is your best option for submitting private school applications 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.
The SAO easily handles multi-household families, letting schools know whom to contact and where to send their materials.
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.
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.
Make recommendation requests and track submissions through the SAO. Likewise, request transcripts from school administrators by officially signing release forms through the system.
Track individual school requirements for the SSAT and the Character Skills Snapshot, and individually release scores and results to each school.
Financial aid applications are managed separately through each school; however, you indicate whether your family intends to apply for tuition assistance on the SAO.
Track individual school deadlines and the completion of all SAO applications through one convenient dashboard!
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.
All school application fees are charged through the SAO, and the convenience cost of using the SAO is only $6 per application. Families that receive an application fee waiver from the school won’t incur either charge.
Want the inside scoop on using the Standard Application Online? Listen to Jeanne Crowell, associate director of admissions, Pre-K–12, at Princeton Day School, and Sunaina Khanna, associate director of product management at The Enrollment Management Association, discuss the time-saving benefits of applying to private schools with the SAO.
"At a time when we are trying to reduce barriers, create access, and alleviate unnecessary stress on families, the value of the SAO has never been more evident."
"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.”