Applying to private school is an exciting but demanding process. There is a wide range of schools to apply to, and it's hard for the first-time applicant to know how to manage the process. Leave time to visit the schools, and look for such a school that can fit your child best to ensure a smoother process, try to start early. There is no doubt that the top boarding schools and parents often become enamored of the vision of their children at a very prestigious boarding or day school. You want to choose a school at which your child will be in the top one-third of the class, however, as Howard Green suggests. Even a prestigious school, may eventually hurt her chances for college admission in case she isn't, she may not feel positive about her experience, and being in the lower half of a school. Be honest about who your child is--and where she is likely to succeed.  Consider more than just how the school is ranked, or where many of its graduates attend college. Instead, look at the entire experience for your child when looking at schools in addition to this.

Mistakes to avoid in private school admissions

 Will she be able to participate in them at that school in case she loves sports or other extracurricular activities? Consider how well she is likely to fit into the school, and what her quality of life--and yours--are likely to be at school. Remember, you are not just looking for prestige; instead, you are ideally looking for the right fit between the school and your child. There is a line parents must walk between preparing their children--and over-preparing them while there is no doubt that the interview in private school can be very stressful. It's beneficial for a child to practice speaking about herself in a poised way, and it helps if the child has visited the school she is applying to and knows something about it and why she might want to attend that school. However, the child should not be coached to say things that aren't really true about her interests or motivations. This type of over-coaching can be detected in the interview, and it will hurt her chances. Too much preparation will make the child often feel overly anxious instead of relaxed and at her best during the interview in addition to this.  The school selection process starts the summer the year before your child will actually attend the school ideally.  You should've identified the schools you are applying to, arranged tours, and hired an educational consultant in case you plan to do so by the end of the summer.  You may not have a chance to apply to all the schools you would like to or that would be the best fit for your child in case you start too late. Most schools require both older students and parents to write statements. Only you should write this statement though it may be tempting to farm out statement of your parents.