There was a time not too long ago, when information was hard to come by. But now, we live in the Information Age and we have an information overload on just about everything. For instance, if you wanted information about admitting your child in a private school, you would have hundred-and-one opinions on this one issue alone. To separate fact from fiction, you would need expert advice from a qualified professional. This article dispels the top myths about getting admission for kids in a private school.
Myth #1 – I Cannot Afford Private School. It’s extremely expensive
It is indeed true that a private education from kindergarten to 12th grade requires a huge financial investment. But most parents wrongly assume that they would have to bear the whole financial burden all by themselves. In reality, there is need-based financial aid available for many families. Schools also provide loan options, easy payment plans and sliding scales to make it easy for parents to afford private education for their kids.
Myth #2 – Only the Wealthy and Elite Admit their Kids in Private Schools. I want my child to be exposed to a wider cross-section of Society
Private schools have begun to understand the value of diversity. Many schools now have children from different races, cultures, religious faiths, socio-economic classes and family backgrounds. Although a small minority of schools still maintains their exclusive status, most private schools encourage people from different backgrounds to admit their children in their institutions. If parents seek expert guidance, they would be able to locate the right school with the right mix of demographic diversity.
Myth #3 – I am going to apply to 25 schools or more to increase my chances of getting admission
An admission in most private schools is a time-consuming and intensive exercise involving an open house, a tour of the institution, an interview with the parents and lastly, an interview with the child. Repeating this process for 25 or more schools can be almost impossible. Rather than getting distracted with many schools, parents can pick and choose about 8 to 12 schools that meet their criteria and apply only to them. Focusing their attention on a limited number of schools can greatly increase their prospects of getting admission for their children.
Myth #4 – I want my child to go only to the “Top Tier Schools”
Thousands of parents apply to the top private schools similar to Trinity, Dalton, Collegiate, Spence and Brearley. While these schools provide top quality education, there are a number of other lesser known schools which also provide an equally high standard of education for kids. Getting admission into these lesser known institutions can often be a little easier too. Instead of going by what their neighbors or colleagues at work say, parents can seek admission in many good but less popular institutions and still have their children receive quality education.
Myth #5 – I can use my friend’s influence to get an admission for my child
Parents might know someone who claims to have a lot of influence in a particular private institution. They might be tempted to get their child admitted in the institution based on their influence or recommendation. The process can however backfire, if the individual who makes the recommendation is not really in the good books of the institution. Parents would be better off, admitting their child based on their own merit instead of relying on someone else’s credentials.