Helpful Tips for Navigating the Independent School Search Process

The Avenues Admissions Team

The Avenues New York admissions team offers a few tips for navigating the independent school admissions process. 

Attend an on-campus event. While perusing a school’s website is informative, visiting its campus and spending time in the community is invaluable. You will obtain firsthand knowledge of a school by observing the students and faculty in action, having conversations and walking around the campus. Schools host several events during the fall, so pick one (or a couple) and experience what they have to offer in person.

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 parents.  

The admission office is a great resource. Admission officers 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. In addition to registering early for standardized testing, submit your initial application form sooner rather than later. Then you can start planning the remainder of the application requirements, like student and parent essays. Also, once you submit the initial form, 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. Don’t let that overwhelm you, rather embrace that you have 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. 

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