Let's Talk About the Admissions Process at Randolph School

Posted by Glynn Below - 27 June, 2017

You've considered Randolph and now you'd like to move forward with the application process. However, you may have some questions such as these:

  • How long does it take? 
  • How do we determine if it's the right school for us?
  • What does Randolph need to know about my child and our family? 
  • Why do they need interviews with both parents? 
  • Who makes the admissions decisions and what is their criteria? 

These are important questions and I hope you're asking these and others!

As you consider Randolph, the National Association of Independent Schools application resource is a great place to research. Here you can find helpful hints and a guide to best practices so that you approach the whole process with the right information. 

Randolph's Admission Philosophy

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Randolph begins many of our admissions conversations with our admissions philosophy since we use it to shape our work:

Randolph seeks the very best students and the most supportive families from wide-ranging backgrounds with an eagerness to learn and contribute to our community and programs. Randolph's mission-driven admission practices are established to foster a student-centered learning environment for developing strong character, moral leadership and courageous habits of heart and mind.

The Admissions philosophy guides us in the admissions process in two ways:

  1. The first part of the statement helps prospective families know who we are looking for and that we are looking for a good match between family and school. 
  2. The second part of the statement describes our program so that students and families can figure out if Randolph is what they are looking for.

Parent Interviews for the Admissions Process

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I enjoy the first conversations that I have with families when moms and dads share what they are looking for in a school. Many times I find that families are looking for a safe and secure place for their child to thrive. We offer that, of course, but we also offer them the opportunities to find what they love and to figure out who they are. We talk about the hopes that they have for their children, characteristics of their ideal school and the impressions that they might already have about our school.

Because these topics are the nuts and bolts of an application process in order to make that match between student, school and family, I look forward to the conversations. We require interviews with both parents to answer questions that might be different. Some families are split, so it's quite important to make sure that all parties are on board for the kind of commitment it takes to have a successful Randolph experience. 

Criteria for the Admissions Process

The Admissions Committee (Head of School, Assistant Head of School for Academics, Director of Institutional Advancement, Director of Admissions, Assistant Director of Admissions, Division Heads, grade level Deans, and school counselors) considers the entire admissions file to determine if Randolph is a good match for a student and family. 

Report cards and teacher recommendations let us know if a student is thriving in their current environment. Test scores generally let us know if a student has the ability to succeed in a rigorous college prep program. A student interview and visit gives us a glimpse into the student's appetite for learning and engagement. All of this contributes to the admissions student-centered decision. We want to make sure that a student is set up to succeed.

Timeline for the Admissions Process

Families can generally complete the admissions process in about two weeks. As soon as an application is submitted, Evie Wilson, our Admissions Process Manager, works closely with the family to collect the necessary documents. In the summer, our admissions committees review applications as soon as they are complete so that a family can make appropriate plans. In the school year, we typically review completed files at the end of every month and report out the first of each month. 

 

Again, it's so important to have personal conversations about admissions at Randolph. Each student is unique. We want very much to know your family, your circumstances, and your hopes for your student's education. Contact us in the Admissions Office with your questions! 

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Topics: admissions, Admissions, community, new students, parents


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