It’s Not Too Late to Find a New School for Fall

By Kristen J. Naspo

Spring is a common moment for families to assess how local school options are engaging their child and to think ahead to future grades. Inevitably at this time of year, some students and families start to contemplate boarding school opportunities—but worry that it is too late to make a new plan for September. Fortunately, there is still time. With the initial enrollment deadlines generally in April, schools are taking stock of how many spaces they have available. Next begins a second season in the admission cycle. While some schools enroll students right up to when the academic year begins, the sooner you take action, the more options you will find.

With COVID-related educational disruptions still reverberating, more families than ever seek to make up for lost ground regarding academic, extracurricular, and social growth for their students. Because of the multi-faceted interaction with peers and faculty mentors, boarding schools have a unique capacity to nurture personal growth on all fronts.

Use these tips to launch a boarding school search now for enrollment this fall:

  • Don’t delay. The secondary admission cycle moves quickly. Students usually assemble application files—including transcripts, essays, and letters of recommendation—before having their interviews. Admission committees then have everything needed to make decisions efficiently.
  • Conduct research virtually. While in-person visits are still preferable, virtual content that schools offer provides insight into each school’s unique offerings.
  • Think broadly about letters of recommendation. Schools often offer flexibility in accepting supplemental letters from previous teachers, coaches, or other adults who can speak confidently about a student’s character and commitment.
  • Give perspective on your child’s COVID-related experiences. Schools understand that many students struggled during the pandemic. Application forms have a space for parents to provide context about lower grades or other ways in which the pandemic has affected their children.
  • Reach out. The status of enrollment varies significantly by school. Working with an educational consultant can help you clarify where openings exist. We also can help to quickly recognize how your family’s educational goals and priorities match with various schools’ missions.

Kristen J. Naspo is a partner with The Bertram Group, based in Connecticut. She provides services for domestic and international boarding school candidates and those seeking therapeutic school placements. She can be reached at [email protected]

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