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ParentsCanada Guide to Private School - Fall 2017

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What questions should you ask school offi cials? Throughout the research phase, your campus visit, and the application process, you'll be inundated with information about schools. Know what your priorities are and ask specifi c questions. Important things to consider: • class size • student support • co-curricular activities • structure of the academic day • how families and the school communicate • what's unique about the school Anything else I need to know? Have fun! Selecting a new school can be daunting, yet exciting. Independent schools are eager to show how your family could make a great fi t at their school. Each school wants to ensure it will help your child succeed. If your child is not offered a place at a particular school, you should feel confi dent that your child's best interests were considered, and the perfect school for them is very likely in their future. The interview The interview is a key opportunity for the school to get to know you. Students and parents may be interviewed separately. Questions will pertain to the current school year, the student's strengths and challenges, goals, and desire to attend the school. Depending on the grade, situational questions around decision- making and other non-cognitive assessment tools may also be used. For parents, schools hope to ensure a strong partnership between the home and classroom. While it's important to prepare, being honest is integral to the process. When should you start the process? Now is a great time! Many schools conduct most of their admission cycle during the fall and winter. Some have published deadlines, while others consider applications on a rolling basis. Even for schools with deadlines, spaces can open throughout the year, as families inform schools about relocations and re- enrollment. If a school doesn't have a place in the desired grade when you call, go ahead with the application process to ensure you're in consideration if a place becomes available – later that week or just before the school year begins. Lydia J. Hawkins is Director of Enrollment, Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School in Okotoks, Alta. We're leaders in education that empowers grade 1-12 students with language-based learning differences such as dyslexia. • Max 10 students per class • Individualized and prescriptive 1:1 language instruction • Personalized programming to build cognition and academic skills • School-wide Executive Function Curriculum Our results speak for themselves. An impressive 90% of our graduates go on to college or university. CALL US FOR A SCHOOL TOUR 604 736 5575 2294 West 10th Ave, Vancouver, BC |

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