Applying to independent schools: some advice

Guest post by Sarah Quinn, Director of Admission at Miss Porter’s School

September is here! It is time for leaf peeping, apple picking, pumpkin flavored everything, and, of course, beginning the high school search process!

If you are interested in attending an independent high school in the fall of 2018, you want to start your search now. Dive into websites, view books, and, when available, chat with people who are familiar with the schools you are considering. Think about what you want from your high school experience. Consider the academic programs, extracurricular offerings, and the school’s mission and community – look for schools whose programs are in line with who you are, and perhaps more importantly, who you want to become. If possible, try to narrow your choices down to four or five schools and then visit as often as you can! Schools will offer tours and interview times, which you will want to schedule soon. You should also try to attend Open Houses and other events, such as athletic contests or drama performances. This will give you a better feel for the campus, and help you to determine what school is the right fit for you.

Applying to independent high schools can feel overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Remember to pace yourself, consult with individuals who you trust, and open your heart and mind to the many new opportunities that are being presented to you.

I hope that Miss Porter’s School is on the list of schools you are considering, and I invite you to come to campus soon. To schedule a tour and interview, please call 860-409-3530 or email For more information about upcoming admissions events and fairs, please look here.

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