On College: How to write a parent statement for child”s private school application

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If your child is applying to private schools — preschool, elementary, middle or high — one of the most important elements of the application will be the parent statement. This statement tells the school about your parenting philosophy, your child”s strengths and weaknesses, and how strong of a fit your child and family are for the given school. Chances are you have not written this type of a statement before. Here are some tips to help you write the strongest and most appropriate statement:

While admissions to private schools can be competitive, the parent statement is your chance to make your child”s application stand out. The way to do so is to write a very honest statement about your child and what you are looking for from a given school. Remember that getting is not the ultimate goal — it is finding the school that is going to best support and nurture your child so he can reach his potential.

Purvi S. Mody is co-owner of Insight Education, an educational consulting firm that helps students throughout the Bay Area to achieve their educational goals. Email her at .

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