From the Admission Office
SEARCHING FOR A NEW SCHOOL HOME
As parents begin their search for a new school home for their child, nervousness and anxiety about the admission process tend to follow. While this is understandable, I want to urge you to enjoy the experience. There are some essential questions you’ll want to keep in mind as you work through this process: What are you looking for in a new school for your child? What type of educational experience are you hoping for? What type of learning program is best for your student?
And while these are all important considerations, I would urge you to consider something equally as important -- how you feel when you’re on a particular campus. Can you picture yourself and your family there? Is it a community you can see yourself becoming involved with?
The admission timeline may seem long and arduous but I recommend you look at it as a journey - one during which you’re learning about the school community and about the needs of your family. I’d like to suggest a few things you may want to consider while you’re visiting prospective schools that might seem obvious but are key to finding a new school home.
- Look beyond the Admission Office: speak with as many members of the school community as you can to learn about the school from different perspectives.
- Look for an inclusive community: do members of the community seem to care about each other? And do you see inclusivity as an important piece of the school’s mission?
- Look for joy in the student body: do you see happy children in the classroom and on the play yards? Look for evidence of joyful students as you walk the campus.
Have fun searching for your new school home and remember to enjoy the journey!
Carinne M. Barker
Director of Admission