Using the Boarding Schools Admission Application Form

Updated May 26, 2016 |
Using the Boarding Schools Admission Application Form
The Association of Boarding Schools has a common admissions application form which simplifies the admissions application process.
If you are thinking about boarding school for your child, you will probably end up exploring the TABS site. The site has many useful features among them the Admission Application Form.

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 summer of the year prior to planned admission. For example, if your child expects to start school in fall of 2013, you need to start the process in May or June of 2012. Don't leave school visits until November and December. Thanksgiving and Christmas are busy times at boarding schools. They are also times when the schools close for the holidays.

What about international students? The applications process is basically the same with the very important - and time-consuming - addition of a U.S. Visa. Remember: you need to have an acceptance letter before you can apply for your visa. That leaves much to do in a short five month space of time.

Don't forget admissions testing. This will be the SSAT or the ISEE. Add to that TOEFL if you live abroad and English is not your native language.

Need financial aid? This is one more thing which cannot be left to the last minute. Organize your paperwork and do a rough draft of your PFS in the fall so that you know how much financial aid you will need.

Good luck!

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