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Helpful Tips for Navigating the Independent School Search Process

Attend a virtual or in-person event. Schools have thoughtfully designed events and experiences to allow your family to learn more about the school. Many of these events feature voices from the community, Q&A, and deep-dives into specific areas of the school. Pick one (or several!) of these events to get a better understanding of each school’s offerings. This fall, we are excited to offer a variety of events and look forward to inviting those who have submitted a preliminary application to visit campus.

Talk to current families. If you have friends or colleagues whose children attend a school that you are considering, be sure to pick their brains. Are their children happy? What’s their favorite and least favorite aspect of the school? If they were doing it over again, would they still choose the same school? Our admissions officers are always happy to put you in touch with current students and parents.

The admission office is a great resource. Admissions teams are here to help you navigate the independent school admissions process. Don’t hesitate to call or email if you have any questions about the school or the application process. We want this process to be exciting for you, not stressful.

Manage your time. An important part of a seamless application process is planning ahead. The first step is to submit your preliminary application form, so you can start planning the remainder of the application requirements, like student and parent statements and gathering school reports. You can schedule an interview at a time that is convenient for your family, since time slots tend to fill up fast.

Focus on fit. There are more than 200 independent schools in New York City, and each offers something different. While that can be overwhelming, know that you have many wonderful options. Learn about what makes each school unique and if their approach aligns with your educational values. Are the style of teaching and the curriculum going to inspire and engage your child? Does the school offer extracurriculars that spark enthusiasm and motivation for your child? What does the school value, and will the community be a place where you and your child feel that they belong?

Our admissions team is here to help you. Please feel free to call 646.664.0800 or email admissions-ny@avenues.org with any questions.