Private Boarding School Open Houses
Parents and students contemplating enrolling in a Private Boarding School or a Private Day School will want to be aware of and prepared to attend an open house. Many of the open houses, sometimes referred to as fairs will be by RSVP and some by invitation only. This will give students and parents a chance to meet administrators, teachers, and tour the campus. This can be a very exciting time for everyone involved. This also gives the students a chance to see where they will eat, sleep, and go to school. This can be a great time for parents to gain comfort as to where their child will be, and who they will be working with. It is normal for parents to be anxious about sending their child away from home. This can be a test for the entire family. Families that have children that are home sick will have to exercise patience with their student until they are able to overcome the anxiety that comes from being away from home. Parents may need to make a few extra trips to visit, and allow the student to come home a little more than ordinary until they have become accustomed to their new home away from home. The purpose of the private boarding school open house is to allow everyone the chance to become acquainted and visualize working together. It may even provide some schools the opportunity to make final decisions on students that have applied for admission.
There are a group of professionals that work with and recommend placement options for families looking to enroll children in boarding schools. They are known as Educational Consultants, and Education Consultants. They typically charge a fee starting at a few thousand dollars going up from there. They offer monthly follow up and can assist a family with the entire placement process. This may be a convenient way for a family to maximize time if finances are not too tight. With the development of the Internet and a poor economy many people are bypassing the consultant to save money. Most schools have the ability to apply online, and reports etc, can be given in real time. Some people believe that Education Consultants will gradually be phased out because parents now have the ability to search for schools on the Internet. There is definitely an advantage to having an ally that has already developed a rapport with a boarding school that can assist in the entire enrollment process. The consultant may be able to help enroll a student that is borderline, just because they have such a strong relationship with the administration. Some of the consultants have worked with the schools they recommend for many years. This helps them develop a good eye when it comes to a potential student fitting into a particular school. If a family has the funds the Education Consultant can be a very good investment. If parents do not have the funds to hire and EC they should still actively pursue the school they are interested in on their own. Sometimes a parent can be pretty convincing when it comes to talking about their child.