The private school admissions committees can be quite long and taxing; applicants and their parents must tour schools, go on interviews and fill out applications. Applicants and their parents wonder what admissions committees are actually looking for during the entire process. Here are some the major criteria that admissions committees are looking for in successful applicants though each school is different. The admissions committee is looking for evidence that the applicant is genuinely interested in learning, reading, and other intellectual pursuits in addition to test scores. They may ask your child about what she reads or what she likes to study in school in the interview. The answer is not as important as the genuine interest your child shows in learning—inside and outside of school. She should be prepared to speak about it in the interview and to explain why it means something to her in case your child has a compelling interest. Applicants to the older grades in high school or in the postgraduate year should show that they have taken advanced coursework in an area of interest, if available to them, and that they are committed to taking this kind of classwork at their new school.

Private school admissions comittees

 Whether it’s sports, music, drama, publications, or another activity, applicants to older grades should show interest in an activity outside of the classroom.  They should research what the options to participate in this activity are at the school they are applying to, and they should be prepared to speak about this interest in the interview and how they will further it. Schools are looking for students with a great deal of maturity. Admissions committees look for evidence of the student’s having participated in public service in addition to this. The committee also looks at the teacher comments to make sure the applicant is the type of student working well with other students and teachers. Students can also show maturity through holding positions of leadership at their current schools. Also they can do this by community service programs or by leading sport teams. Admissions committees look for students who are a good if. They want to accept kids who will do well at the school and who will find it easy to fit in with the school culture. They are more likely to accept applicants who know about the school, its mission, its classes, and its offerings for example. hey are less likely to accept a student who doesn’t know much about the school or who isn’t interested in the school’s mission. For example the admissions committee is looking for students who are knowledgeable about single-sex schools are who are interested in having this type of education in case he school is a single-sex school. Some schools are more likely to accept applicants who already have siblings at the school, as these applicants and their families already know a lot about the school and are committed to the school.