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St. Andrew’s Episcopal School: Fall Festivities, Pumpkins, Open Houses and More!
From Pre-School to College: Navigating the Admission Process
It’s the time of year when parents are on the lookout for the perfect school for their children. In the Greater New Orleans area, there are plenty of great schools to consider, whether you’re looking for Pre-School, Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, Grades 1-8, High School, or College. As parents, we all want what’s best for our children, and choosing the right school is a very important decision at every level.
Here are some tips to help you navigate the admission process:
Start Early – Creating a list of potential schools early on is the best way to tackle the overwhelming and confusing process of choosing the right school for your child. Take your time exploring different schools to prevent the process from becoming too overwhelming.
Do Your Research – Research potential schools by visiting their websites and talking to family members, friends, and colleagues. First-hand experiences and word of mouth can be the best advice you receive as you research.
Get Organized – Once you have a list of schools, create a checklist that includes application and financial aid deadlines. Put together a to-do list and keep it in a prominent place to help you stay on track.
Attend Open Houses, Individual Tours, and School Events – Tour as many schools as you can by attending open houses, individual tours and school events. An individual tour will give you a great feel for the student body and allow you to see teachers and students in action. An open house tour is a great way to enjoy a planned presentation and tour of a school. A school event will allow you and your child to interact administrators, faculty, students, and parents. Get to know the school community and don’t be afraid to ask specific questions.
Gather Financial Information – Find out about tuition and fees for the next school year to determine which schools are within your price range. If finances are an issue, inquire about the financial aid process and deadlines. If you will be applying for financial aid, gather your necessary tax documents to make sure you can meet the deadlines. Many schools offer financial aid, so don’t let finances be the reason you don’t
apply to a specific school.
Complete Application Processes and Make Decisions – Once you’ve chosen the schools you want to apply to, complete the applications and follow your checklist to ensure you meet all the necessary requirements by the required deadlines. Once acceptance offers have been made, make the decision that is in the best interest of your child and family.
Most Importantly, Enjoy the Process – Take your time getting to know all the schools you are considering. Get to know the admission director of each school and ask to talk to a current parent to gain their perspective. Remember that you're looking at the school as much as the school is looking at your child and your family. The process can be overwhelming, but you only do this a few times throughout your child’s life, so enjoy it!
Are you interested in learning more about St. Andrew’s Episcopal School and the admission process? Please join us for an Open House event called St. Andrew’s Episcopal School Day at the Pumpkin Patch. This special event will be held on October 19 from 3:30 – 5:00 pm. Come explore and see if St. Andrew’s is the “right” school for your child and family.
At St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, our children love learning and thrive in a small, family-oriented environment. We offer a challenging curriculum that sequentially builds skills in reading, language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, and Spanish at every level. Our program enhanced by state-of-the-art technology, includes music, art, chapel, physical education, and library skills instruction. If you are looking for a school that will nurture your child’s love of learning while helping to build their self-esteem, leadership skills, and social skills, St. Andrew’s just may be the place for your child. See the school in action by scheduling a personal tour today and join us on October 19 for fall fun and festivities.
About the author
As an educator and an administrator at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, Lisa Witter has been with St. Andrew’s Episcopal School since 2008. She currently serves as Director of
Enrollment Management and Financial Aid and is loving her role. Education from early childhood through High School is Lisa’s passion and expertise. Being the mother of two children has allowed Lisa some in depth, hands-on experience and she loves her work at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School.