While each school follows its own schedule, here is a typical admissions timeline. Many schools are now offering both in-person and virtual admission events.


(Of the year before you want your child to attend)

• Define your ideal school

• Find schools that match your child’s and family’s needs

• Research and ask questions of schools on your preliminary list


  Browse schools’ websites, virtual tours and look books to learn more about their programs and philosophies

• Request admissions and financial assistance material by phone or online

• Review admissions materials to determine which schools to visit

• Create a calendar of pertinent admission and financial assistance deadlines for the schools to which you are considering applying

• Ask elementary schools about their test schedules and make appointments

• Register for any standardized tests required for admission

• Review the test websites to learn about procedures and test dates, see sample questions, and purchase test-preparation books

• Contact schools to schedule individual tours, class visits, interviews, and “shadow days” if available


• Continue scheduling tours, interviews, class visits, and standardized or school-based tests

• Visit schools, virtually if necessary, during open house events, attend information sessions, and take tours

• Finalize the list of schools to which you will apply

• Take required standardized admission tests


• Continue scheduling tours, interviews, class visits, and preparing and taking standardized or school-based tests

• Watch for open house events you may want to attend

• Request teacher recommendations from your child’s current school

• Start working on applications, tuition assistance forms, student questionnaires, and essays


• Watch for any open house or school events of interest

• Request transcripts at the end of your child’s first semester

  Complete any remaining applications, questionnaires, etc. Some application materials are due as early as December.


• Pay attention to deadlines: Most applications are due in January or February, along with test scores, references, transcripts, and financial assistance forms


• For schools with February admissions deadline turn in applications.

• Visit schools applied to again or have your child participate in a student shadow day if you haven’t already


• Watch for school decisions starting in mid-March

• Watch for financial assistance decisions

• If your student is accepted by multiple schools, decide which school your child will attend and let the school know


• Sign and return enrollment contracts and send deposits

May to September

• Attend events and activities for new parents and students

  Get to know other families in the school

  Sign up for fall sports and clubs


Information based on timeline provided by naic.org

Revised by Jean Abernathy