Events Class of 2028 College Application Primer With Former Admissions Directors DATE AND TIME On Demand Free Watch Now ABOUT THIS EVENT As the Class of 2028 finishes up eighth grade and looks ahead to beginning high school, now is the perfect time to start thinking about how to make the most of their next few years. Join IvyWise college admissions counselors for a deep dive into the college application process and how you can set yourself up for success in high school. Attendees learn about selecting the right courses, developing their personal profile, and identifying the best-fit extracurricular activities and summer plans.
After many conversations and much soul searching, you’ve decided to enroll your child in a private day or boarding school. This is a big decision with many moving parts, so it’s important to start the test preparation and application process as early as possible so that you (and your child) don’t get overwhelmed. This application process needs to be directed by your student.
With the increasing number of applicants applying to independent day and boarding schools, admissions committees have started adapting additional testing tools to the application process. One tool that’s growing in popularity is the Character Skills Snapshot, which was developed by the Enrollment Management Association, makers of the SSAT standardized test. The Character Skills Snapshot is designed for students entering grades 6-12.
By Cheryl, WiseStart™ School Placement Counselor The independent school application process is multifaceted as schools attempt to gain a more well-rounded view of prospective students. However, it’s important to keep in mind that you and your student are interviewing prospective schools just as much as these schools are interviewing you. It’s important to do a little research and come prepared with questions so you can make each meeting with a prospective school as productive as possible.
While many families are aware that the college application process is comprehensive and multi-faceted, far fewer anticipate a similar process for admission to k-12 independent and boarding schools. Although there are significant differences, many younger students will still need to complete testing, interview, and submit an application for middle and high school admissions. The requirements surrounding independent school admissions vary extensively based on the age of your student and the schools on their best-fit list.
We say this all the time: the earlier you start on college prep the better. But how early is early? The reality is that colleges look at everything from 9th grade on – meaning students need to show up to day one of high school ready to go.
The transition from middle school math to high school math can be intimidating. While the middle school experience helps lay a strong foundation for what students experience and learn in high school, that does not mean students are entirely exempt from the natural feeling of nervousness. Luckily, there are a few things middle schoolers and rising 9th graders can familiarize themselves with now in order to prepare for high school-level math.
Watch our expert WiseStart™ counselors discuss the importance of early college prep and how parents can help younger students prepare for success in high school, college, and beyond. Check out the recording of the IvyWise Live webinar Early College Prep and the Importance of Executive Functioning Skills. As the college admissions process becomes ever more complex and competitive, parents often ask, “When should we start?
By Nat, IvyWise WiseStart™ Counselor and College Admissions Counselor As a parent, I find nothing more important and satisfying than seeing my children healthy and happy. A close second may be seeing them enjoy and excel in school, and what are the odds that we’ve always had incredibly positive classroom experiences? Both of our kids have managed to thrive in their respective classrooms and shine in many ways, and as an educator, counselor, and parent, I've observed a few things that I think significantly contribute to helping students have wonderful educational experiences in both private and public institutions.
By Cheryl, IvyWise WiseStart™ Counselor Congratulations! You’ve made the decision to apply to an independent or boarding school. There’s a lot to consider in this process, and often families are unsure of how this process works and what to expect.