Secondary School Placement
Complete and return the placement office questionaire. This, along with your son’s questionnaire, is very valuable to us in creating a list of suggested schools for your son.
A list of suggested schools are mailed. View websites/send for catalogs from these and any other schools you may be interested in. Keep in mind that our choices will reflect your son’s current level of performance and may have to be adjusted in the fall depending upon his progress.
Once you have looked at information from the schools, decide which ones you wish to visit and make appointments to interview there during Cardigan’s long weekend in the fall. A maximum of two additional visitation days can be scheduled at the discretion of the dean of students and director of placement.
All interview appointments should be made for the week of October 22–25, 2012. It is far better to schedule an interview now and cancel later than not to schedule one at all. October is the busiest interview month for schools!
During the opening weekend of school there will be a placement meeting for ninth grade parents and students.
Parents’ Weekend—the placement office will be available to meet with parents of ninth graders.
Fall Long Weekend—school interviews. Students are free to depart on Saturday after their final commitment. Arrange interviews for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Boys are due back at Cardigan at 9:00 p.m. on Thursday evening. If you need to use extra days, Columbus Day (no classes) works well, as do the days after Thanksgiving break, November 26 and 27 (after the fall term has closed).
Thank you notes (handwritten preferred)—nothing elaborate or lengthy is necessary, but they should be done in a timely fashion. In the hotel, the evening after the visit, is a good time to write them.
After school visits, most boys reduce their list to eight or fewer schools. Given how busy boys are on campus, we encourage the boys to complete drafts of their applications over Thanksgiving break and complete their applications during December vacation. We are more than happy to help your son with his applications once a draft is complete. To simplify the process, we encourage students to use an online common application offered by SSAT and TABS. Most schools now accept these common application forms. Gateway to Prep Schools offers a streamlined application process for some of the schools who still do not accept the common form, ie: Hotchkiss, Groton, Deerfield, St. Paul’s and Andover.
Ninth grade SSAT—your son will be automatically registered for this test by Kathy McHugh, our registrar. Please contact Patti Crowe well in advance if your son typically takes tests with special accommodations so that we will have sufficient time to take care of appropriate documentation. You may want to look into a preparatory guide for some summer study. We recommend Barrons’ “How to Prepare for the SSAT/ISEE” and Princeton Review’s “Cracking the SSAT & ISEE.” SSAT also produces a guide, mainly consisting of practice tests. It is available at their website, which also has practice questions and “word of the day” features.
Ninth grade SSAT—this is an optional testing date for ninth graders who want a second set of scores for their applications. They will be excused from classes that morning.
Deadlines for financial aid forms vary from school to school. Make sure the online forms are completed on time. Remember to request that a copy of the report be sent to you, as well as the schools, so that you may see what financial aid officers are looking at as they calculate your need. More information can be found at the NAIS website.
Cardigan placement packets mailed to schools. Packets include letters of recommendation from teachers and Headmaster/Placement, fall grades and comments, Cardigan transcript, and standardized test scores.
Deadlines for most application forms. Please check deadlines carefully. Late applications are often looked at secondarily and may result in wait-list decisions, at best.
Schools notify you of their decisions.
End of March
Schools offer revisit days to accepted students.
Parents notify schools of their decision to attend as soon as possible, but no later than this date.