5 Helpful Tips for Exploring Your Potential New Campus
Get a real sense of your child’s private-school options by digging deep into a campus visit.
1. Whenever possible, attend an open house and take a tour during a regular school day.
“Open houses are a great time to meet teachers, administrators and speak with them, but open houses are canned,” says St. Andrew’s Schools Director of Admissions Stephanie Jones. “We put our best foot forward. I encourage a school day tour as well because it’s organic—what you see is what you get.” That includes real interactions between students and teachers and classrooms in their natural state. It may mean taking some time off work, but remember that this is one of the biggest investments you’ll make for your child.
2. Do some pre-visit research.
Read up on the school’s history. Look at a campus map on the school’s website, so you know which classrooms, facilities or departments you and your child particularly want to see.
3. Make sure to talk to students and faculty while on your visit.
The more perspectives you can get, the better.
4. Deviate from the standard tour.
Once you’ve been given the official guided tour, ask if you can explore on your own.
5. Many schools offer shadow-a-student days for admitted or interested students.
Your child can interact with students and teachers and measure firsthand the academic load at the school.