The preparation of a child to join the university or secondary school is known as prep school. The difference in category is established from one country to another. They also differ in ages of students who are expected to join. They also have different requirements for enrolling of new students.
Before a parent decides to have a child join these institutions they must have gone through all the requirements first. It will mean a higher payment of fees as compared to public institutions. It will also mean special provisions for children. Some of the special provisions are that for disabled children. This article can be used as a guide in arriving at the decision of enrolling a child in a prep school.
First and of most importance is the child. He or she is the one who shall go to the institution and they must be a part of making this life changing decision. This is done to avoid the child getting a major shock when they join the place. Explain to him or her exactly what you intend for them. Do not force them to agree and do not leave out important details that may make them change their mind about the whole decision. Children are sensitive to information and leaving anything out may be considered as lying.
After that mental preparation look at the options you have. The question of talent and hobbies shall have to be seen in addition to performance of the young one in school. Of equal importance is food provided in the institution and the distance from home. From all of these you will come up with a list of some sort.
There are various resources for information available to you. In order to trim the lists down look into the information available from these resources. You may check from the internet or you could ask parents of children who attend these institutions. It is better you know these parents on a personal level as they will not withhold any information. Contact the admissions department and clarify anything that you need to. This should help reduce the list that you had made in the beginning.
If you need further advice you may seek it from education consultants. They will help you to get what you need. Have the child look into the list that you have and narrow it down going by what they like. Request the institution to give you a tour on a normal day. They will definitely welcome you and give you the tour.
There may be tests given to the child before they join the place. Find out what they are about and try to prepare them beforehand. Prepare them to do the test and also prepare them to expect whatever outcome. This will help avoid traumatizing the child on the day of the test.
After getting to this point you just need to make applications now. The forms are normally issued by the IVY LEAGUE school or by parents who already have children there. They may also have them available for download on their websites. If there are things that are not so clear you may visit the admission department of the prep school to set them straight.