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  • How does the Independent School Alliance make an impact?
    Independent School Alliance works closely with families throughout the entire admissions process and counsels families on independent school choice. Families and students admitted into our cohort are provided nine months of programming and support to prepare and navigate through the independent school admission process. Through our common application and waived member school application fees, our families and students are not required to fill out separate school applications. Our intimate knowledge and deep member school relationships allow us to advocate on behalf of our parents.
  • What kind of student is the Independent School Alliance looking for?
    Independent School Alliance seeks students from racially underrepresented and economically under-resourced communities whose school records demonstrate significant ability, achievement, motivation and good citizenship. Standardized test scores (if applicable) must be strong to be accepted as a candidate for referral to a member school. Kindergarten applicants must demonstrate school readiness and meet all birthdate requirements.
  • What do you mean by cohort model?
    Cohorts are a group or community of people with shared interests and goals who progress through an experience together. Their benefit is based upon certain educational theories of how people learn and the desire for support, teamwork, and shared resources. Simply stated, a cohort consists of a group of students and families working together in the same program, progressing through the same programming, and finishing their experience together.
  • How many students get accepted into each Independent School Alliance cohort annually?
    Our application process is competitive. Each application is reviewed and a recommendation is made. We aim to accept as many families as possible, keeping in mind that Independent schools are very competitive.
  • Does an application to the Independent School Alliance guarantee admission to a school?
    No. We advocate for our families using our intimate knowledge and deep member school relationships, however final admissions decisions are made by member schools and are based on their respective criteria (recommendations, grades, test scores, etc.).
  • How much does it cost to work with the Independent School Alliance?
    There is a $350 non-refundable program fee paid directly to the Independent School Alliance. Please note that there may be additional fees to register for exams and financial assistance applications, which are not administered by the Independent School Alliance.
  • What if I am applying for multiple students, do I need to pay a fee for each student?
  • How many students get accepted through the Independent School Alliance?
    90 percent of the students in our Cohort are accepted to a member school. Our success rate can be credited to our individualized counseling, expert advocacy, strategic recommendations, and healthy matches between our families and member schools.
  • Does the Independent School Alliance offer scholarships or tuition assistance?
    No, the Independent School Alliance does not give any financial assistance. All financial assistance is offered by member schools to students who have been accepted, who will enroll, and who have qualified for financial assistance.
  • When should I turn in the application?
    Our application opens in March and closes in June for all grade levels. After submitting an inquiry, we will send you information on our application process. When you are in receipt of our application materials, early submission of an application gives families the greatest opportunity to visit schools and complete admission requirements in a timely manner.

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