The Application Process to Private Schools

On-Demand Webinar Series

The private school application process can be overwhelming and confusing. Our new on-demand webinar series brings the admission experts to you.

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Webinar Curriculum:

Leading private school experts teach you about the entire admission process from school search to revisit days, including testing, interviews, applications, and much more!

(All sessions feature recorded webinars and transcripts.)

Lesson 1: The School Search Process
with Lisa Spengler, Director of Admission, Cate School (California)
Families are constantly told to look for “fit” - Lisa will tell you exactly how to do it.

Lesson 2: Working with an Educational Consultant
with Mark Sklarow, CEO, The Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA)
Find out what you should expect when working with a professional consultant.

Lesson 3: Tips for Taking the Middle Level SSAT
with Neill Seltzer, CEO; Kalen Lister, Tutor; and Jonathan Arak, Tutor, Noodle Pros
Information and advice for students (and parents) who are preparing to take the Middle Level SSAT (students applying to grades 6-8).

Lesson 4: Tips for Taking the Upper Level SSAT
with Neill Seltzer CEO; Kalen Lister, Tutor; and Jonathan Arak, Tutor, Noodle Pros
Information and advice for students (and parents) who are preparing to take the Upper Level SSAT (applying to grades 9 and above).

Lesson 5: Testing with Accommodations
with Neill Seltzer, CEO; Brendan Merrin, Tutor; and Kristin Michaelson, Tutor, Noodle Pros
Experts weigh in on the most common questions posed by families with students who need accommodations to take the SSAT.

Lesson 6: Understanding the SSAT
with Neill Seltzer, CEO; Brendan Merrin, Tutor; and Kelly Clement, Tutor, Noodle Pros
Get answers to the most frequently asked questions about the SSAT.

Lesson 7: Maximize Your SSAT Prep
with Neill Seltzer, CEO; Brendan Merrin, Tutor; Kelly Clement, Tutor; Julie Benko, Tutor; and Ally Benko, Tutor, Noodle Pros
What should you look for in a tutor? How involved should parents be? The experts at Noodle Pros answer these and other important questions.

Lesson 8: The Value of Teacher Recommendations
with Whitney Soule, EMA Trustee and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, Bowdoin College (Maine)
Why do schools request teacher recommendations? Listen to find out!

Lesson 9: Application Essays
with John Hutchins, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, Phillips Exeter Academy (New Hampshire)
Get some great advice on writing your essays from an admission professional who has read thousands.

Lesson 10: The In-Person Interview
with Tearon Joseph, Associate Director of Admissions and Financial Aid Programs Director, Lakeside School (Washington)
Interviewing can be challenging for students, but it doesn't have to be! Learn what to expect.

Lesson 11: Tackling Skype Interviews
with Nicole Oakes, Director of International Student Program, Oaks Christian School (California)
If you are invited to interview via Skype, this advice helps you make the most of it.

Lesson 12: Group/Activity-Based Interviews
with Emily Moir, Co-Director of Admissions, St. George’s School (British Columbia, Canada)
Hear more about the creative group activity interviews and ways schools use them to better understand applicants.

Lesson 13: What Sets Boarding Schools Apart
with Pete Upham, Executive Director, The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS) & Jill Hutchins, Director of Admission, Dublin School (New Hampshire)
Hear more about the many ways boarding schools offer a unique preparation for college and life.

Lesson 14: Affording a Private School Education
with Kristen Power, National Director of Business Development, The Enrollment Management Association (EMA) and former General Manager, SSS School and Family Services
Hear about the financial aid process and the payment options available, and get answers to frequently asked questions.

Lesson 15: Making Your Mark: The Pluses of Studying Abroad
with Metta Dahl, Director of International Admission, Northfield Mount Hermon (Massachusetts)
Private schools welcome international students as valuable members of their global communities. Learn from an expert as you consider this life-changing adventure.

Lesson 16: General Post-Decision Advice
with Kelly Monaco, Director of Admission (K-6) & Raquel Leong, Director of Admission (7-12), ‘Iolani School (Hawai'i)
Two experienced directors of admission offer practical post-decision advice for families.

Lesson 17: The Waitlist: What does it mean and what should I do?
with Frankie Brown, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, Sidwell Friends (Washington, DC)
While waitlist policies vary from school to school, it is important to understand the basics and what you should do if your child is waitlisted.

Lesson 18: Revisit Days: What are they and why should I attend?
with Peter Frew, Director of Admission, Taft School (Connecticut)
Revisit days give accepted families another look at a school and help you make your choice. Here's why you should plan to attend.

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Advice from the Experts

Frankie Brown
Sidwell Friends (DC)
Metta Dahl
Northfield Mount Hermon (MA)
Peter Frew
Taft School (CT)
John Hutchins
Phillips Exeter Academy (NH)
Jill Hutchins
Dublin School (NH)
Tearon Joseph
Lakeside School (WA)
Raquel Leong
'Iolani School (HI)
Emily Moir
St. George's School (BC)
Kelly Monaco
'Iolani School (HI)
Nicole Oakes
Oaks Christian School (CA)
Kristen Power
The Enrollment Management Association
Mark Sklarow
Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA)
Whitney Soule
EMA Trustee, Bowdoin College (ME)
Lisa Spengler
Cate School (CA)
Noodle Pros' Tutors
Pete Upham
The Association of Boarding Schools