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The Private High School Application

Many private schools are members of the SSAT and accept the Secondary Schools Application, a common application that can be used for all schools. Unfortunately, many do not. Depending on your list of target schools, you may have to work through several different applications. Don’t worry. We’re here to help. Private School Applications all contain the same four basic elements:

At Endeavor, we help you work through each section systematically and expedite the application process by saving you the trouble of filling out the same information multiple times. It’s important to remember, however, that the most important parts of the application happen before the application itself begins. Getting your kids involved in after-school activities, including sports and interesting hobbies, and helping them improve their social skills incrementally are essential to preparing them for the private school admissions process.

Some schools have athletic programs that make them the obvious choice for gifted tennis and basketball players. Other schools are almost entirely focused on the arts. Still others are math and science powerhouses, but don’t offer much in the way of great English teachers or creative writing programs. We recommend you visit as many schools as you can, and that you keep your children as involved in the process as you can. Some kids want nothing more than to be able to go to a "campus" school just outside of the city; others will do anything to avoid the extra bus time.

A school's philosophy can be a great tool for getting an initial read on what your child’s experience there will be like, but there's no substitute for in-person visits. There are a number of different private high school guide books on the market to help you narrow down your choices, but once you've done so, it's best to start getting information from the schools themselves. That way, you can see if the school lives up to its reputation, and how well it presents itself.

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