We’ve covered the HOW of the application process so let’s move onto the WHEN. You can check my previous posts (Creating “The List”, Read all about it!, and The Application Process At its Finest) for some tips and tricks. Now that you’re aware of how to go about applying to private school, you’ll need to know the best times to apply. It really depends on what you want for your child and their current age. Some things you might want to consider are:
- Do you want your child to attend a private school from PreKindergarten or Kindergarten to 12th grade?
- Do you want your child to attend a private school for middle school and high school (7th to 12th grade)?
- Do you want your child having a private education for the high school years? (9 to 12th)
Once you’ve answered these questions, you’ll have a much easier time with the application process. There isn’t a perfect time to apply but you do want to do what is best for your child and their development. And if at first you don’t succeed, try and try again. So, when should you apply? The grades with the greatest number of openings are usually: PreKindergarten, Kindergarten, 7th grade, and 9th grade.
A large number of private schools offer a PreKindergarten program but MOST start at the Kindergarten level. This probably the largest acceptance pool due to space needing to be filled. Ever heard of supply and demand? The PreKindergarten programs, if offered, are also a great place to start. There may be less availability when applying but don’t let that make or break your decision.
7th and 9th grades are also great times to consider applying to private schools. 7th grade is considered middle school and this is when some families within the school consider alternative educational options. 9th grade is another great time to apply due to more available places. Each school has a specific number of open spots set aside for applicants for each grade level.
Applying for the “odd” grades, 1 through 6, is definitely possible. You would just apply as you would for any other grade. The process is pretty much the same. Each school has their own policy regarding admissions, one school may have a specific number of applications they accept for these grades and another may not. Each school is different and I highly recommend you calling or emailing the admissions department regarding their application policy if you’re planning to apply to these grades.
I hope the information I’ve provided helps you during the application process. Also please share this information with anyone you think would benefit from it.
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