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Mastering the Application Process

Preparing your boarding school application takes time and effort. We can help.

Our admission counselors can answer questions and provide clarity during the application process and can assist you as you research different schools. We work with families like yours every day — and we love what we do. We offer a selection of free, virtual workshops and other resources to help you prepare your application. We hope you will join us.


Checklist FOR Researching and Comparing Schools

With more than 100 combined years of experience helping families apply to boarding school, our admission team has assembled this invaluable checklist for comparing one school to another. Even if you've researched schools before, you'll find something on this list that you hadn't thought of before.


Past Events

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT — WHAT'S YOUR STORY? 

Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021
Offered 8–9 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 

YOU’RE IMPRESSIVE — LET’S SHOW IT!  

Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021
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 

THE ESSAY — IT’S A GAME CHANGER

Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021
Offered 8–9 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

BRINGING YOUR APPLICATION TOGETHER 

Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021
Offered 8–9 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 

HOW DO I SELECT THE BEST BOARDING SCHOOL FOR ME?

Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021
Offered 8–9 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

How to Make a Difference in Your Financial Aid Award  

Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021
Offered at 2–3 pm and 8–9 pm

Financial aid can be a big factor in making independent school a viable option for families, and how you complete the financial-aid application will make a difference in the amount of aid you receive. Join us, get answers to your questions. Learning objectives:

  • What to do and not do when applying for financial aid
  • How and why boarding schools distribute financial aid
  • How admission offices think about financial aid

RECOMMENDATIONS — GETTING THE BEST ONES

Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021
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 

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. 


How to Make a Difference in Your Financial Aid Award

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

Financial aid can be a big factor in making independent school a viable option for families, and how you complete the financial-aid application will make a difference in the amount of aid you receive. Join us, get answers to your questions. Learning objectives:

  • What to do and not do when applying for financial aid
  • How and why boarding schools distribute financial aid
  • How admission offices think about financial aid

HOW DO I SELECT THE BEST BOARDING SCHOOL FOR ME?

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

Students Of Color: Maximizing Your Independent School Experience

Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020
Offered 8–9 pm

This session will be led by NMH’s Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice Martha Neubert, who is a nationally recognized leader and speaker in the independent-school world. She will discuss how students of color can successfully navigate the challenges of private-school environments and receive unique support. She’ll be joined by a panel of faculty, students, and parents of color, and you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions in small-group breakout room sessions. 

Learning objectives:

  • Understand what programs schools should provide to support students of color — and why
  • Understand the expectations that schools should have for students of color to ensure the students are reaching their full potential
  • Learn different aspects of how navigate independent-school communities

Panel topics:

  • Faculty: How do you help students of color reach their full potential? What advice can you give to parents or students of color as they seek to take full advantage of independent school opportunities?
  • Parents: How do you maintain communication with the school so you know what is going on with your child? How do you go about advocating for your child?
  • Students: What are the hurdles you’ve faced? How do you take full advantage of the available opportunities? How do you maintain your identity and culture?

RECOMMENDATIONS — GETTING THE BEST ONES

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 

BRINGING YOUR APPLICATION TOGETHER 

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 

THE ESSAY — IT’S A GAME CHANGER

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


YOU’RE IMPRESSIVE — LET’S SHOW IT!  

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 

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT — WHAT'S YOUR STORY? 

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