A thrilling part of the eighth grade school year is keeping up with high school acceptances as they roll in. The wait is over. You have the results. Your child was admitted. The ball is in your court. So, how do you decide which high school works best for your family?
Now is the perfect time to revisit your child's list of high school priorities and reconsider what you believe to be important in a high school. (Need a copy of your child's completed list? Email Mrs. Barlow to request it.)
Click here for a document you can use to compare the high schools you are considering. Write up answers to the questions listed (and others you think of) then weigh the responses against your priorities for high school to see how well the schools meet the requirements identified.
Additionally, take time to review the curriculum course guides of potential high schools (typically found on the high school's website). Look over the list of potential courses for 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades, and review electives.
Want a second look at a particular high school? Do not be afraid to schedule a second (or even third) ;) shadow visit for your student. Feel free to have your child review the high school shadow visit reflections document before their visit then use it to drive your family's discussion following the visit.
Still can't decide or need help answering questions? Please reach out to Mrs. Barlow to setup an appointment.
NOT HAPPY WITH YOUR FINANCIAL PACKAGE FOR PRIVATE HIGH SCHOOL? Do not be afraid to negotiate; but be prepared to explain the reason the high school's offer does not work for your family. Consider the following:
- Recovering from past job loss? unforeseen medical expenses? unusual family circumstances? etc.
- Sell your student's qualities and strengths.
- If you get an offer from one school but your first-choice high school is not offering as much aid -- ask the preferred school to consider matching the other school's offer.
- Consider payment plans or ask for discounts based on sizeable lump sum payments.
- Pay special attention to whether deposits are refundable or non-refundable, and act with caution accordingly.
- Unable to make a decision or awaiting admissions decisions from other schools? Do not be afraid to ask for more time. The worst they can say is no.
It is an honor to walk with you, and your 8th grade sons and daughters, through the high school admissions process. Please let me know if I can be of any additional assistance.
--- Angela Barlow