Non perdere la nave - Cinque cose da sapere sulle scadenze di ammissione delle scuole private

Did you know that January is the most important month in the private school admission calendar? Though September feels far away, now’s the time to think about what school will be the best fit for your child, whether your child is starting school for the first time in kindergarten or considering a change of schools for the next grade. Here are a few things to keep in mind.

Il 15 gennaio è la scadenza.

At most private schools, the deadline for admission applications and applications for financial aid is on or around January 15, so January is a key time to visit schools and complete applications. If you’re just beginning to consider a private school option, don’t panic—it’s not too late! Contact the school’s admission office e vi aiuteranno a prendere il via. "Siamo sempre felici di aiutare le famiglie a mettersi in moto", dice Beth Whitney, direttore dell'ammissione di Fay, "Sappiamo come snellire il processo in modo che non sembri opprimente".

Non lasciare che il costo sia un motivo di rottura.

La pagina delle tasse scolastiche sulla pagina web di una scuola potrebbe sembrare intimidatoria, ma ricorda che la maggior parte delle scuole offre aiuti finanziari. E se vi state chiedendo se potreste avere diritto a un aiuto, allora probabilmente lo siete! Scuole come Fay are eager to enroll students from a wide range of socioeconomic backgrounds, and even families who may consider themselves “comfortable” are often eligible for some aid—especially if there are two or more children attending an independent school. Financial aid grants can range anywhere from 5% – 95% of tuition. As you begin the process, don’t be afraid to contact the school’s financial aid director directly with your own questions—these experts understand that every family’s situation is unique. “Around 25% of students at independent schools receive some degree of financial assistance, so rest assured that you are not alone in embarking on this process!” says Susan Mantilla-Goin, Fay’s Associate Director of Admissions and Director of Financial Aid.

Chiedete: Cosa è incluso?

Parlando di tasse scolastiche, guardate bene quella cifra e chiedetevi: cosa è incluso? Se stai guardando due scuole, ricorda che potresti non confrontare le mele con le mele. Alcune scuole aggiungono delle tasse in cima alla retta per coprire parti aggiuntive del programma. Altre scuole, come la Fay, hanno un approccio "senza tasse" e offrono una retta completa che include tutto, come i pasti, l'attrezzatura sportiva e le gite scolastiche.

Guardate voi stessi.

Private school admission offices are in high gear during the month of January, and they are eager to have you come visit. Take advantage of the opportunity to spend a morning at any school that you are considering. Like Fay, many schools host giornate di visita in classe dove tu e tuo figlio potete assistere alle lezioni e vedere di persona com'è una giornata tipica. Oltre ad un tour, questi eventi possono aiutare gli studenti ad immaginare come ci si sente ad essere uno studente in una data scuola.

Parla con un altro genitore.

Use your network! See if you can find a few parents in your local network who send their child to the school that you’re considering. Ask for their honest input and for the reasons why they chose private school for their child. If you don’t know who to talk to, reach out to the school’s Admission Office—most schools have parent ambassadors who are happy to answer your questions and offer their perspectives. Conversations with these parents can be a great way to assess whether the school community will be a good fit for your whole family—plus, you may even be able to line up some new friends to carpool with in the fall!