Applying to an Independent Private High School

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The admissions process is different at each independent school. Many schools require that families attend an open house before applying. Applications often require a recommendation from a teacher and a copy of your teen’s grades from his or her current school.

The application timeline varies from school to school but typically looks like this:


Attend an open house.


Submit an application. Application deadlines vary, and many schools accept applications throughout the spring. In general, the earlier you submit an application, the better your teen’s chances of admission.


Submit a financial aid application (if necessary).

Admissions decisions are usually mailed by early February. If your teen is accepted, most schools will offer him or her the opportunity to visit again before deciding whether to attend.


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