Boarding School
After Admissions

Once the application and all supporting documentation, including test results of English proficiency, have been submitted, and interviews have concluded, then admissions officers will proceed to make a final admission decision.

As more and more international students turn to a boarding school education, competition is fierce for most boarding schools and therefore admissions reviews are thoroughly comprehensive and extremely selective.

Should the student be awarded with admissions, the school will send notice with an acceptance letter. In the case of the U.S., such letter is not customarily accompanied with a I-20 form (for the U.S. F-1 student visa) as schools understand that the competitive nature of boarding school admissions compels students to apply to multiple schools. 

 

Students and parents are advised to wait until hearing back from all schools, or, at the very least, those schools to which they would like to attend. As such, with a full list of accepted schools, students and parents may then assess the pros and cons of each school before proceeding to accept an admissions offer from one school.

 

Of course, in providing an admissions award, boarding schools would like to receive an indication of a student's intent to enroll as soon as possible. This is because a boarding school typically has a number of waitlisted students. Such students have been evaluated as a suitable fit for the school by the admissions committee but due to other exceptional applicants were waitlisted instead of offered outright admissions. Waitlisted students are permitted to enroll only if an admitted student declines to enroll, and in such case waitlist students are enrolled according to an order determined by the admissions committee.

In the U.S., boarding school admissions decisions typically are released around March 10th of every year. Schools generally give students and parents a 30 day period to evaluate the offer, and require a firm reply by the following April 10th.

Should the student decide to enroll, then on or prior to April 10th, the parent must execute an Enrollment Agreement with the school. This agreement typically includes the terms and conditions of a student's enrollment including tuition, tuition payment, and withdrawal/refund policies. Such agreements generally have a term of one year and must be renewed every year. At the signing of an Enrollment Agreement, most boarding schools require parents to make an advance payment of about 10% of the tuition of the upcoming school year. Only when the Enrollment Agreement is executed will the school issue an I-20 form for the student to proceed to apply for a U.S. F-1 visa.

After an Enrollment Agreement has been executed, the student and parent must sign an Admission Document whose contents include the terms and conditions of the student's conduct at the school (Student Handbook), and a parental release form. The admission document packet may also include information on arrival, orientation and school schedule as well as forms related to health and immunization to be signed by the student's personal physician.

The Admission Document is extremely important, and any documents requiring signatures (e.g. student conduct terms and conditions, health forms, etc.) must be returned to the school prior to matriculation. As these documents pertain to the student's studies, health and social well-being at his or her future school, it is imperative that both the student and the parent thoroughly review the contents therein.