What to do Once You’ve Been Accepted to a Prep School

Hi guys! Happy Sunday! Today we wanted to share an article from Deerfield student Quinton Stevens on what you should be doing post-acceptance. Hope it helps!

"Being accepted to a prep school you worked so hard for is super exciting! After spending weeks on your applications, getting recommendations from trusted adults, and preparing for standardized tests, you did it! However, acceptance to multiple schools may be overwhelming — don’t worry, feeling anxious is totally normal! You’re on your way to making a huge decision, and here are some things you can do to make sure you’re on the right track.

Step 1: Celebrate!

Take some time to appreciate everything you had to do to get the point where you opened an acceptance letter or email from a prep school, and make sure you thank everyone who helped you through this strenuous process.

Step 2: Consider Your Options.

Having a serious conversation with your parents/guardians is essential to making the best choice for your future. Whether you applied to ten prep schools or just one, you’re going to want to narrow down your list based on factors such as financial aid, merit scholarships, and sports recruitment.

Step 3: Research.

After you’ve narrowed down your options with your family members, you’ll want to do as much research as you can on the schools you’re considering. You could make a pros and cons list for each school, reconnect with your interviewer or regional representative, or reach out to current or former students. Doing more in-depth research into your options will help ensure you’re choosing the best school for you.

Step 4: Utilize School Resources.

A bunch of prep schools host events for accepted students, commonly known as revisit days. You do not need to have your decision made when you attend one, which often includes visiting classes, attending meals, and connecting with students. Revisit days are a great way to learn more about a school, and can give you valuable insight on what it’s really like to be a student there. They can be instrumental in helping you narrow down choices and pick the school for you.

Step 5: Decision Time.

Once you’ve made your decision, you will be provided some sort of an enrollment checklist for you and your parents to complete, with specific deadlines to meet for various tasks. Make sure you’re staying on top of these deadlines!

Step 6: Contact Other Schools. (optional)

If you were accepted to more than one prep school, you may want to send an email to representatives at the schools you did not choose to attend, thanking them for their time and help through this process. This is a polite way of informing these representatives that you won’t be attending their school in the fall, and is always appreciated.

Regardless of the decision you make following your acceptance to a prep school or several, congratulations! I’m sure you’re going to thrive wherever you choose to go."


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