Applying to Boarding School After the Deadline: the Second Admission Season

AdmissionsOfficeAs the school year concludes, many families come to the decision that it might be best for their student to switch schools. Known as the second admission season, late spring and summer admission works well as time to research and find a good fitting boarding school. The decision to change schools can result from something as direct as a family move or from the realization that your student isn’t growing as he/she should in their current school. The current school is a poor fit; it’s time to find a school that better serves your student. The best school for you student might be a boarding school.

Many families send us notes asking ‘can we find and apply to a good fitting boarding school school during the summer?’ Emphatically,’ heck, yes.’

While the most selective schools are full and have only waiting lists by the spring many good schools have openings into the summer and offer rolling admission all the way into the fall. We offer some great resources to help with your second admission season school search: Applying to Private School After the Deadline It’s not too late to apply. You have choices and AdmissionsQuest’s FREE Ebook, “Applying to Private School After the Deadline” offers a guide to help you find the best school fit. Mastering the Private School Admission Process AdmissionsQuest’s nine step guide to finding the right prep school! Boarding Schools with Openings AdmissionsQuest’s list of boarding schools with openings. Updated early each summer. SSAT offers directions to use their search tool to find schools with openings: Schools Currently Considering Applicants (SCCA) There are many excellent independent schools who are still accepting applications for upcoming programs, including summer 2014, fall 2014, and winter/spring 2014-15. Applying to boarding school during the summer includes some financial aid realities. Almost all of a school’s financial aid monies will have been distributed as part of the traditional admission calendar. Any financial aid is scarce and available on a school-by-school and case-by-case basis. Make sure that you begin an open, honest conversation with the school’s financial aid officer if financial aid is part of your admission equation.

Brian Fisher

A product of both private and public education, Brian Fisher served as a teacher, coach, dorm parent, and administrator at three different boarding schools. Brian also fills the role of Director of Development at Wolfeboro, The Summer Boarding School, in NH along with being a partner at AdmissionsQuest.

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