Preparation for competitive private school admissions in New York City (NYC) is a process which requires careful planning. Students should know that summer breaks represent an opportunity which they can leverage to prepare for the independent school application process.
From application deadlines to mandatory interviews, there is a lot to keep track of and get done in a short period of time. When coupled with the applicants’ regular school work and parents’ busy schedules, this period can become even more stressful. However, parents should not cut corners during this process, as it is essential to finding the right school for their children. As a result, families should use the summer to get a head start on all that accompanies applying to NYC private schools.
The summer is also an ideal time to engage in meaningful enrichment programs and work experience, in the case of older students. Admissions officers like to see that applicants are industrious and have taken advantage of every opportunity. Students can show the schools to which they are applying that they used their vacation to gain new experiences.
Parents may also want to use this time to take their children on a summer trip. Seeing and experiencing new things will likely give applicants something new to write about in their admissions essay or to discuss during their interview.
During the summer months, families can plan to visit the schools that they are interested in applying to. While they should also make sure to visit when classes are in session in the fall, it may help the decision-making process to get an early look at a school. This can help students to refine the list of schools to which they intend to make an application. The summer is also an excellent time to request and review materials on the various Manhattan private schools that students and parents are considering.
Preparation for independent school admissions can seem daunting. Parents often seek the guidance of an educational consultant to help the family navigate the school search and application process. Careful planning will ensure that students move through the process successfully and find the right school best suited to their needs.