Let’s Talk: Open Houses

You’ve learned how to  create your “list”research your chosen schoolsnarrow down when to apply, and complete the application process from my previous posts. Let’s discuss another important yet optional component of the application process: Open Houses. An Open House is an hour-long event held at each school during the evening hours. You and a number of other parents will receive a general overview of the school and the school’s curriculum.

There are Open Houses for lower school and upper school applicants which parents can decide which to attend. Generally, lower school and upper school Open Houses are scheduled at different times and on different days. All lower school applicants will attend the lower school Open house. All upper school applicants will attend the upper school Open House. This event gives you an opportunity to meet members of the admissions department and ask any questions you may have.

I suggest attending these events for the schools that are at the top of your list and if they work with your schedule. Open Houses are during the week and during evening hours. Some are for parents only (lower grades) and others (upper grades) are for parents and students. When creating your list of prospective schools, be sure to check the school’s admissions website for upcoming Open House events. Schools post this information at the end of August/beginning of September. Once you choose which Open Houses you are planning to attend, be sure to RSVP as these events fill up fast!

If you have any questions, please feel free to send them here. I truly hope this information has been beneficial to you on your private school journey. Thank you for reading!

~Essence

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