Private School Open House Season… Round Two!

If you are planning on sending your child to private school for the 2011-2012 school year, get those applications in SOON!  But if you’re planning to apply for the following year (2012-2013), visiting during the winter/spring open house season is a GREAT first step.  It might seem early, but if you can narrow down the list during the spring, your fall will be MUCH saner.  The application process to most schools includes a written application, standardized testing for older children (informal evaluations for younger ones), a parent interview, and a morning (for younger) or day-long, or even multiple day visits for your child.  So doing the generic open house visits this spring, and scheduling private tours for your narrowed down list in the fall, streamlines the process during application season.  Most schools prefer to have applications (including visits) completed in December/January for first-round consideration. 
Also, once you’ve completed the application process and receive acceptances, I HIGHLY recommend that you visit the schools again on a normal day before making the final decision.  Spend time sitting in classes, hanging out at break/recess, and looking at your child’s future teachers and classmates… try to envision your child there.  Get a feel for the academics AND the social/emotional climate.  Spending a few mornings sifting through the schools will be well worth it in the long run.  

If a school you’re considering is missing from the list, it may not hold spring open houses, but most schools are more than willing to schedule private tours.
Greene Street Friends School
Open House:
January 13, 2011 – 8:45am – 10:30am
Waldorf School of Philadelphia
Open Houses: RSVP required
Saturday, January 22nd at 10.00 am
Saturday, April 30th at 10.00 am
Classroom Observation Mornings: RSVP required
Thursday, January 13th at 8.30 am
Thursday, February 3rd at 8.30 am
Thursday, March 17th at 8.30 am
Thursday, May 12th at 8.30 am
The Depaul Catholic School
Open Houses:
Tuesday, March 16, 2010    9-11 am.
Thursday, April 15, 2010    9-11 am.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010 9-11 am. Friends School
Open House:
Friday, May 13, 2011: 8:30 – 11 a.m.
Abington Friends School
Open Houses:
Saturday, January 22 – 12:30 to 3:00
Tuesday, March 15 –  8:30 to 10:45
Saturday, May 14 – 10:30 to 12:30
Project Learn
Open House:
Monday, Feb. 7th: 9 – 10:30 am. 
Monday, March 7th: 9 – 10:30 am.
Tours for Prospective Families available every Monday.
Plymouth Meeting Friends School
Open Houses:
Wed January 19,  2011: 9:30am-11:30am
Wed April 20, 2011: 9:30am – 11:30am
Norwood Fontbonne Academy
Open Houses:
Tuesday, January 11, 2011   9:00 to 11:00 AM
Tuesday, February 8, 2011   9:00 to 11:00 AM
Tuesday, March 8, 2011   9:00 to 11:00 AM
Tuesday, April 5, 2011   9:00 to 11:00 AM
Tuesday, May 10, 2011   9:00 to 11:00 AM
Prek/Montessori Evening Tour:
Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 7:00 PM. 
Primary/Kindergarten Evening Tour:
Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at 7:00 PM
Our Mother of Consolation
Observation Days for Prospective Parents:
Tuesday, January 18: 10AM
Friday February 18: 10am
Tuesday March 15: 10am
Friday April 15th: 10am
Friends Select
January 13, 2011: 8:45am
March 3: 8:45am
May 5: 8:45am
All grades Pre-K to 12

Crefeld School
Open Houses:
January 7th, 2011: 8:45 am to 10:15 am 
February 4th, 2011: 8:45 am to 10:15 am 
March 4th, 2011: 8:45 am to 10:15 am

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