Many schools have open houses. These offer you a wonderful opportunity to visit the school, see classrooms, listen to the school's 'story,' and meet admissions staff. How do you figure out which schools have open houses in your area? You can look at the school's website. And, you can do a search on this site. Here's how:
Go to find private schools. Choose your state and click on the link for open houses in that state. The number of open houses will vary according to the time of year and the type of school. If the school in which you are interested is not on the list produced by our search engine, then go to the school's website and see when it is having an open house.
An open house generally attracts a large group of parents. So, set your expectations realistically. You will most likely not have time for in-depth discussions with admissions staffers. Go to an open house with one purpose: to get an impression of the school. If you like what you see, then schedule a formal meeting with the admissions staff. At that time you can ask the questions you need to ask and expect to receive the attention and time you deserve as a potential parent.
Before you go to an open house, take time to review the school's website. That online presence will tell you a lot about the school, its history, philosophy, and programs. Compare that very positive image with whatever you have heard about the school from friends, family, and community leaders. Then attend the open house as an informed potential parent.
Lists of open houses can be found on most state and regional private school association websites.
DON'T: Ignore your child's reactions.