If you have plans to send your child to a private school for the 2013-2014 school year, better act fast! Most private schools begin their admissions process during the fall and winter months with Open Houses. A few schools extend Open Houses into the early Spring, but scheduling your initial visit now is a great stepping stone into the world of private education.
The application process for 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. Doing the generic open house visits a year before applying and scheduling private tours for your narrowed down list in the spring will streamline the process during application season next year. 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.
This is a start list of private schools that many NW Philly children attend. If you would like to add your school’s open house dates, please leave a comment. If a school you’re considering is missing from the list, it might not be holding any more open houses this year, but most schools are more than willing to schedule private tours if you call in advance.
Sunday November 18, from 2-4pm
Thursday December 6, 9-11am
January 13, 2012 – 8:45am – 10:30am
Sunday, Nov 4th, – 2:00 -4:00PM
Open Houses: RSVP required
Saturday, October 20th at 10.00 am
Saturday, March 9th th at 10.00 am
Classroom Observation Mornings: RSVP required (for adults only)
Thursday, November 1st at 8.30 am
Thursday, November 8th at 8.30 am
Monday, November 12th – 8:15-11:00
Friday, May 17th – 8:15-11:00
Middle & Upper School Open House: Novemeber 8 at 8:45am
Walk-in Wednesdays 8:30am Middle & Upper School, 9am Lower School
Saturday, February 9th – 1-3 p.m.
Weekly Tours: started October 1st (RSVP required)
Wednesday, October 10th – 6:30-8:30
In case you already missed this one, contact Project Learn to schedule a Tour.
Saturday, November 3rd – 2:00-4:00
Thursday, December 6th – 9:30-11:30
Thursday, January 10th – 9:30-11:30
Thursday, April 18th – 9:30-11:30
RSVP for Tours starting 9/24 – 5:00-6:00
Tuesday, October 23rd - 9:00 to 11:00AM
Montessori Evening Tour:
Thursday, November 8th at 7:00PM
Primary/Kindergarten Evening Tour:
Tuesday, November 13th, 2012 at 7:00PM
RSVP for a Private Tour.
Observation Days for Prospective Parents (RSVP):
Tuesday, November 13th at 10AM
Friday, December 14th at 10AM
Open House (RSVP):
Monday, November 12th at 8:45AM
Tuesday, December 11th at 8:45AM
Thursday, January 10th at 8:45AM
Friday, November 2nd – 8:45-10:30AM
Friday, December 7th – 8:45-10:30AM