You’ve seen the banners throughout AdmissionsQuest for the past month. We’re pleased to work with TABS (The Association of Boarding Schools) in highlighting and promoting their new program of virtual Boarding School Expos this October and December.
TABS has produced a modern take on the school fair.
For those of you new to boarding school admission, the “school fair” has been a primary tool of admission offices for more than 30 years.
School fairs work like this: a school in- say, in Houston (most likely a junior high) would invite admission officers from boarding schools all over the country to their school fair. Admission officers would make their plane and hotel reservations. The host school would market the fair locally. Admission officers would arrive and take their places behind their tables in a large room and local families would browse the schools and their offerings chatting and collecting paper catalogs from schools.
Oh, how the world has changed. Attending school fairs isn’t as necessary or even a priority for an increasing number of families today. Families educate themselves and research schools online and are comfortable doing so- a real convenience considering how school and extracurriculars keep family schedules full and tight.
Couple this with an increasing need for cost effective admission work from the school side and you see the demand for a new model.
Enter the virtual Boarding School Expos. TABS is taking the boarding school fair online. From the convenience of home, families will be able to visit and explore schools using a high speed Internet connection.
Admission officers will have ‘booths’ in an ‘exhibit hall’
Broad topics such as testing and the application process will be covered in an ‘auditorium’
Families will be able to chat (video available) with school admission officers
Families will be able to collect brochures and catalogs in a book bag
If you’re a family even just interested in boarding schools you’ll want to make plans to attend at least one of three Boarding School Expos this fall:
To register and see the lists of schools participating in each expo, visit boardingschoolexpos.com.