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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.


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1. 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.


2. Whenever possible, visit the campus during a normal school day. Weekend open houses are fine, but you’ll also want to see what a typical school schedule is like. “We want families to see the life of the school on a school day,” says Mid-Pacific Institute’s director of admissions Ella Browning. “It really helps students and families see if this is a good fit.” If that means taking some time off work, remember that this is one of the biggest investments you’ll make for your child. 


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 offered by the school. 


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