As with most pursuits in the New Year, January is a month of re-strengthening the commitment to your child’s private school education.
The Private School Admissions Process: January:
January is an important month for the Financial Aid process. You should compile all your financial records and seek expert financial advice and assistance for your tax preparation. If you make sure that your taxes are filed immediately and accurately, it will be easier for the financial aid committee make quick, sound decisions on how much your student should receive in the form of financial aid. Remember that you are the person asking for a school to make a financial commitment to your child. This is a very big commitment for everyone involved, so don’t hold the process up by filing taxes inaccurately or late.
January is the month to reiterate the importance of education and school with your child. Listen to your child’s concerns and questions and answer them honestly and calmly. Remember to reassure your child that his or her self-worth is not based on what school they attend, but by their level of effort, performance and dedication to education. This is a stressful time for everyone, so also make sure your child has ample time to talk with you about things that have nothing to do with education or school.
January is a great month to talk to your private school social network and share your hopes, fears stories about the admissions process.