Mastering the Application Process

The process of getting your boarding school application prepared to be evaluated by schools takes time and effort. We can help.

Our admission counselors are available to answer questions and provide clarity around the application process and can probably assist you with how to go about picking your school. We work with families like yours every day — and we love what we do. Join us for a free, virtual workshop to help you prepare your application.


Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020 
Offered 8–9 am and 2–3 pm

Schools want students who will engage with others in the community around shared interests. Some students have invested time in one particular activity; others try lots of different activities. Still others might feel like they haven’t done much at all. This session will help you identify the activities and passions that have helped shape your life — and that you can bring to your next school. Learning objectives:

  • Reflect: How to gauge your interest in an activity
  • Explore available opportunities and getting involved at any level
  • Learn how to connect with a school community — right now
  • Understand the range of student schedules 
  • Learn how to transform an interest into community engagement 
  • Learn how to connect with parents/teachers/coaches/counselors 


Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020
Offered 8–9 am and 2–3 pm

The essay should say something about you that isn’t obvious in the rest of your application. A good essay can boost your application and help propel you to an offer of admission. This session will help free you to tell your story and provide tips on telling it well. Learning objectives:

  • Understand the purpose of the essay 
  • Discover what admission counselors are looking for 
  • Learn how to tell your story
  • Familiarize yourself with the idea of writing style
  • Reflect on the nuances in examples of student essays


Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020 
Offered 8–9 pm

Putting yourself out there in an interview is easy for some people. Others need time to warm up — and you don’t have that time during the interview. This session offers tips on how to make the interview go your way. Whether you’re outgoing or reserved, you’ve got strengths, and you need the confidence to make them shine. This isn't bragging. You’re sharing who you are and why you should be at a school. Learning objectives:

  • Understand interview etiquette
  • Feel comfortable in an interview setting
  • Learn to highlight personal strengths
  • Learn to talk about weaknesses with a growth mindset
  • Familiarize yourself with typical interview questions 


Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020 
Offered 8–9 pm

Don’t underestimate your connections with your teachers. This session will help you identify who to ask for recommendations and lay groundwork to get the best ones. Learning objectives:

  • Understand how to ask for a recommendation
  • Learn how to build a relationship with teachers
  • Position yourself to receive a good recommendation
  • Identify extracurricular activities or relationships that paint a fuller picture 


Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020 
Offered 8–9 am and 2–3 pm
There is an art and science in assembling your application so it shows the best of you. This session covers the five main evaluation components: recommendations, activities, testing, the interview, and the essay. For an even deeper dive, join our sessions on interviewing, essay writing, and recommendations and activities. Learning objectives:

  • Understand the boarding school application process
  • Think about the application as one unit that tells a story
  • Learn why each section of the application process matters
  • Consider how to position yourself for success
  • Get a handle on the application requirements 


Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020 
Offered 8–9 am and 2–3 pm

To choose the right school, you need to know what’s important to you. Not other people. You. But how do you differentiate between what is non-negotiable and what is a desire? This session will offer tips on figuring that out. You’ll hear from NMH students who’ve been through it already. Learning objectives:

  • Gain insight on the process of selecting a school through student eyes
  • Identify what you must have vs. what you wish for (non-negotiables vs. desires)
  • Discover what YOU want in a school (as opposed to what others want for you)
  • Learn how to effectively gather information about schools

We are excited to share NMH’s people, place, and programs with you, and we look forward to getting to know you in the process.