What's involved? The Boarding Schools Admission Application aims to simplify the applications process. Back in the 90s each member of TABS had its own application process and forms. As a result, if you applied to three schools, you had three completely different sets of applications to complete and submit. TABS identified the forms which most boarding schools commonly used. Thus was the Boarding Schools Admission Application Form created.
The manner in which individual boarding schools use the admission application package is up to them. The application package consists of the following forms:
- General Information
- Applicant Questionnaire
- English Teacher Recommendation Form
- Math Teacher Recommendation Form
- Head/Principal/Counselor Recommendation Form
Some boarding schools will use the entire set of forms. Others will just use the Recommendation Forms. And so on. Check with each school's admissions office to find out how they want their application prepared.
Whats next? Download the forms. You can also view the forms online. They are all in Acrobat's PDF format which is viewable using the free Acrobat Reader.
Determine the forms for each school to which you are applying by contacting the admissions offices.
Also determine the additional forms individual schools may require as part of their admissions application package.
Make a list of admissions applications deadlines.
Make a list of financial aid application deadlines.
Schedule school visits over the...
1. Complete the application which the school has on its web site.
2. Complete the common application which you can find on the SSAT web site.
3. Complete the common application which you can find on the TABS web site.
Applications on Individual School Web Sites
If you are applying to just one or perhaps two schools, then it might make the most sense to simply go to those schools' web sites and complete the applications right there. Many schools allow you to complete the main application form online. You can also pay for the application fee with your credit or debit card online as well. But if you choose to use the school's application forms, just remember that there are specific to that school and cannot be used for applications to other schools. That's the basic difference between applying on a school web site versus using one of the common applications.
The SSAT Standard Application Online
The Secondary School Admission Test organization has developed a Standard Application Online (SAO) which most of their member schools accept. This simplifies the applications process since the SAO includes all the forms most schools use: Student Information Form, Student Questionnaire, Parent Statement, Teacher Recommendation Forms (English, Math, School Head/Counselor) and Academic Record (Transcripts). Best of all, the SAO is included at no extra charge when you register to take the SSAT test.
The Boarding Schools Admission Application Form
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