What's the best way to choose a school?
There are many different types of independent schools, and there is sure to be one (or several) that fits your personality, interests, learning style, ambitions, and dreams for the future.
Once you know about the many types of independent schools, the next (and most important) job is to figure out why you and your family have made the decision to apply, and how you will go about making your choice.
Begin by asking yourself some questions about what you want in a school (use our checklist to get started). Continue by using a resource such as:
- SSAT School Search
- The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)
- National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
- National Center for Education Statistics - Private School Search
- Private School Review
Visit individual school websites to get a feel for the schools and their missions.
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Are you late to the boarding school application process, or did you get waitlisted by your top choices? This insider’s guide on applying to boarding school after the traditional deadlines provides tips, ideas, and suggestions for what to do at this stage in your process.