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, what should you do? How do you decide which high school works best for your family?
Now is the perfect time to revisit your list of high school priorities and reconsider what you believe to be important in a high school and how well the schools you are considering meet those requirements. Additionally, take time to review the course guides of potential high schools. 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? Join us for high school information sessions starting this week at the middle school. Use this opportunity to hear from high school administration, faculty and students one last time before deciding. Register for scheduled sessions by clicking on the links below. Keep an eye out for additional sessions in the Middle School News.
International School of Indiana: Monday, Feb. 6 at 3:45 p.m.; Click to RSVP
Covenant Christian: Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 3:45 p.m.; Click to RSVP
Park Tudor: Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 3:45 p.m.; Click to RSVP
Traders Point Christian: Thursday, Feb. 23 at 3:45 p.m.; Click to RSVP
University: Wednesday, Mar. 8 at 3:45 p.m.; Click to RSVP
Cathedral: Monday, Mar. 13 at 3:45 p.m.; Click to RSVP
Still on the fence? Do not be afraid to schedule a second (or even third?) ;) shadow visit for your student. Feel free to have them review the shadow visit reflections document before and after their visit. You can use that page to drive your family's discussion about your child's high school experience.
Not happy with your financial package? Do not be afraid to negotiate; but be prepared to explain the reason the high school's offer does not work for your family.
- 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 has been 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