Navigating Admission Decisions on the Common Offer Date

If you are considering an independent school in Toronto, you may have applied to several schools or have a top choice. No matter how many schools you have applied to, navigating the independent school admission process and then making an admission decision can be confusing and stressful. As the Common Offer Date approaches, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind:

Common Offer Date

Many independent schools in Toronto adhere to a “Common Offer Date”. For the 2018 admission cycle, the Common Offer Date is February 23, 2018. What’s great about this arrangement among these competitive schools is applicants (who often apply to more than one of these schools) can consider all of their options at the same time. For many students and parents, “Decision Week” can be a stressful time – especially if an applicant doesn’t get an offer to their top choice school.  

Admission Decisions

There are three general admission decision outcomes: Offer, Waitpool, or Reject.   

Managing Offers. Students applying to more than one school may find themselves in the enviable position of being offered places at several. If the student has a clear top choice school, the decision is easy. However, in cases where applicants like different schools equally for different reasons and struggle to decide between them with multiple offers, your family may need to revisit your list of reasons for selecting a particular school. A prioritized checklist may help you make a decision. You could also request to speak to a particular teacher, coach, current student, or current family at the school.

Stickhandling a Waitpool Decision. It’s vitally important for families to understand that being given a waitpool decision does not mean that the applicant is not qualified or mission appropriate for the school. Independent schools receive many more applications than there are spaces available, and admission committees are tasked with the difficult job of determining who to offer a place to and who to place in the waitpool. Some of the things considered when making these decisions include:

  • Gender balance is important. This is critical in co-ed schools and most have policies related to gender balance. The York School, for example, will not go past a 60:40 ratio in either direction even if it means a smaller class in the end or having to waitpool exceptional applicants.
  • Does the applicant already have a sibling at the school or is the applicant’s sibling also applying to the school? Most admission committees give preference to sibling and legacy applications to keep siblings together in the same school whenever possible.
  • Looking for diversity in the classroom. What is the applicant’s learning style, personality, and interests? What have they done to “stand out” from their peers? The admission committee is looking to build classes with a blend of academic abilities, introverts and extroverts, and students passionate about the arts and/or STEM.

Remember that a waitpool is not a “top-of-the-list, first-in list”. Waitpools are made up of unranked, mission-appropriate applicants and admission committees will revisit their waitpool and select the most desirable applicants based on all the considerations outlined above. Make sure to let a school know if you want to stay or be removed from their waitpool.

Dealing with Rejection. If after reviewing an applicant’s complete file (including report cards and admission interview results), the admission committee at a school concludes that the applicant is not mission appropriate (most often due to academic, language proficiency, behavioural, or philosophical mismatch), the family will be notified that the school will not be offering the applicant a place. While this is not an outcome anyone wants, the best way to avoid a rejection is to do your research on the front end. 

We wish all applicants and their families all the best as they navigate admission decisions on the Common Offer Date.

References

https://isminc.com/article/wait-pools-not-all-about-the-first-in-line

Getting the Most Out of the School Visit

You did your research. You toured schools. You attended Open Houses. You talked to current parents. And you decided to apply to The York School! You’ve made a great decision. Congratulations!

Shortlisted candidates who live in Toronto will be invited to attend Taste of York or come for a Day Visit at The York School. These school visits are designed to give candidates a feel for the school, an opportunity to learn more about our approach to teaching and learning, and to get to know our welcoming and supportive faculty, staff, and students. The school visit is the last step in the admission process before the Common Offer Date on February 23, 2018.    

The application, supporting documents, and online interview provide the Admission Committee with a snapshot of each candidate. We review our pool of candidates for each grade and then invite a shortlist of students to a Taste of York event or for a Day Visit from mid-January through to early February.

How to get the most out of a Day Visit

During a Day Visit, a candidate spends an entire school day with a York Student Host attending classes, enjoying lunch and snacks in the York Cafe, and participating in that day’s regular activities with their current grade. Students may participate in a gym class or a Mandarin lesson that day.

Candidates are encouraged to connect with their York Student Host and ask questions about what it’s like to be a student at The York School, and about the range of opportunities within student life. Candidates are also encouraged to participate in class like a regular student would and speak to teachers they have about how they approach teaching subjects like humanities or science, as well as what the candidate can look forward to the next year.

How to get the most out of Taste of York

Taste of York is an “event” – separate events being held for each grade of entry. Around 20 candidates participate in each event. It’s a great way way to see get to know other candidates who may become classmates in 2018-19.

Candidates are welcomed by York Student Hosts and participate in an ice breaker activity lead by Director of Student Citizenship, Sarah Charley. Afterwards, candidates participate in two mini classes (design and art or ICE and science) which gives them a feel for The York School’s approach to teaching and what they can look forward to next year. Then, candidates are broken into small groups and meet with a member of the Admission Committee for a Group Admission Interview. Finally, candidates reconnect with their York Student Hosts for a pizza lunch together. It’s a casual atmosphere and a great opportunity to ask Hosts any remaining questions they may have about student life at The York School.

Candidates attending Taste of York are encouraged to ask their Host, teachers, or the Admission Committee member they meet how they can tailor their experience to their interests (academics, athletics, the arts, STEM, etc.) to get the most out of attending The York School.   

What happens after a Taste of York event or Day Visit?

After a Day Visit or Taste of York, the Admission Committee reaches out to the York Student Host and teachers the candidate interacted with that day to get their feedback. What were their impressions of  the candidate? Do they think the candidate is a good fit for The York School? Our hope is that the candidate feels excited about the prospect of attending The York School; that they have experienced some of the magic that happens here; and that overall, there is a great fit for each child entering the school.

We look forward to being in touch with our Common Offer Round candidates soon.

Early Action @ The York School (New!)

About Early Action Admission:

In addition to the launch of our new online video interview platform shared a last month, I am writing to introduce our new Early Action Round to assist families seriously considering The York School.

The reason for introducing the Early Action Round is to help ensure a (faster) and smoother transition for local and international families who have identified The York School as their top choice as well as families who have younger or older siblings at The York School.

“We are excited to offer this opportunity to candidates who have selected The York School as their top choice early in the year.”

(Praveen Muruganandan, Director of Admission & Advancement
– The York School)

Top universities like Cornell and Harvard have had great success with the Early Action decision model. Choosing a school is an involved process and we encourage all candidates and their families to do their research.

Early Action is open to candidates who are applying to JK – Grade 11. Candidates applying to Grade 2 – 11 for Early Action must demonstrate:

  • high academic achievement in their previous two school years (2015-16 and 2016-17)
  • leadership/initiative in at least one co-curricular or extracurricular activity (i.e. athletics, the arts, community service)
  • a strong online admission interview (Grade 6 and up)
  • a successful Day Visit to The York School (local candidates only)

Important dates:

Key Dates - Application ProcessWe are looking forward to the launch of this new layer to the admission process. We believe that our prospective students’ experience will be enhanced while ensuring a seamless transition for all of our incoming students and families.

Please visit yorkschool.com/admission for more information on the application process.

If you are ready to apply now, please click below:

Apply Now!
Please register on YorkNet and apply now.

 

 

 

 

Cheers,

Praveen Muruganandan,
Director, Admission and Advancement
The York School

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The York School’s 2018 application is live – and we’re introducing ONE BIG CHANGE!

Our new 2018 York School application is officially live!

In the upcoming weeks, we look forward to welcoming you and your children as we begin building new classes for September 2018. This is an exciting time for families, and for us! Our Admission team is eager to meet you and help you make the most informed decision regarding your child’s education. To help you through the next few months, our team will be hosting information sessions at the Junior, Middle and Senior Schools 2-3 days a week, as well as two Open Houses in October. If you would like to attend an information session or register for our Junior or Middle/Senior School Open Houses, please click here.

This year, The York School Admission team is introducing a new feature to the admissions process. To reflect the innovation that happens in our classrooms, and to help us better identify and evaluate mission-appropriate candidates, we have partnered with Kira Talent to launch a new online admission interview platform.

Here’s what you need to know about our online admission interviews:

Our newly launched online admission interview will include timed video responses and a timed written response for students applying to Grade 6 to Grade 11. Online interviewing and assessment is becoming increasingly popular at post-secondary and graduate schools around the world, and we believe our candidates are ready for this unique experience. The York School will be one of the first independent schools in Canada to incorporate this platform into our admissions process. The online interview will give the Admission Committee an opportunity to get to know your child before they spend a day at The York School. Both video and written questions can be completed by candidates through the online platform prior to the deadline and will supplement other information shared, including report cards and teacher reference forms.

The York School’s enriched application process will give candidates an opportunity to provide a 360-degree view of themselves to our Admission Committee. More importantly, our Faculty will get to know a bit about each and every applicant before they visit the school. Our ultimate goal with the online interview is to build an exceptional and well-balanced class of students at The York School, and we hope you’re as excited about this process as we are.

Every student applying for Grade 6 to Grade 11 will:

  1. Complete the online application. Parents fill out most of the application and there are some questions the student applicant is required to answer.
  2. Complete the online video interview and written response. This can be done on the candidate’s own time from the comfort of their home. Candidates will have the opportunity to complete practice responses in advance, to ensure they feel comfortable and prepared.
  3. Experience The York School. All students who meet our minimum admission requirements will be shortlisted and invited to spend a day at The York School. On this day, they will be hosted by a York Student Ambassador in their grade.
  4. Participate in a group admission interview. During our ‘Taste of York’ event, applicants to Grade 6 to Grade 9 will participate in a group interview with other candidates applying to The York School. This is facilitated by a teacher/counsellor at The York School.

The York School’s personalized and innovative approach to admissions gives candidates an opportunity to showcase their talent and personality through their own lens, and gives our Admission team and Faculty the necessary insight they need to ensure a successful decision for both your child and The York School.

We encourage you and your child to have fun with the process – we look forward to getting to know you!

Sincerely,

Praveen Muruganandan, Director of Admission & Advancement

 

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The First Day Back at The York School

By Praveen Muruganandan, Director of Strategic Enrolment Management

The students are back and there’s a lot of excitement in the hallways and classrooms at The York School!  This morning, Middle and Senior School students had an opportunity to experience The York School’s newly renovated campus at 1320 Yonge Street. For new students and returning ones, the experience this morning was a magical one for students (and their parents)!

The first day of school is an exciting time for teachers to get back to what they do and know best – teaching our kids! For our students, the first day back is an opportunity to reconnect with old friends and meet new ones.

For our incoming JKs, the most difficult transition is always for our parents. We know that it’s hard to say goodbye to your son or daughter on their very first day. That said, our teachers are here to ensure a super smooth transition, particularly in the first week – and we’re just a call away in case you need anything!  

This past year, we admitted a very diverse group of students. Our incoming students for 2017-2018 represent 16 countries. Overall, the population of our school of 675 students represents 35 countries!

Our Admission team will spend the first few weeks of the school year helping families navigate their experience and find important resources to ensure their children have an amazing start. In the next few weeks, we will begin recruiting for the 2018/2019.

Stay tuned for some new and exciting updates!

Praveen Muruganandan

admission@yorkschool.com

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Welcome to The York School! Guidelines for a Smooth Transition to a New School

Congratulations! You have chosen the top co-educational International Baccalaureate school in Toronto and are joining a friendly and dynamic community! Outlined below are some guidelines and “to dos” to ensure a smooth transition for your family between now and September.

#1: Connect with The York School on social media!

#2: Encourage your children to finish the year strong. Students may have a tendency to “check out” when they know they are leaving their school in a couple of months. But they should continue to make the most of their current school experience – engage in student life and academic achievement and finish on a high note!

#3: Start building relationships now. Between now and September, there will be a number of opportunities for incoming parents and students to initiate friendships and have some of their questions answered. A sense of comfort, familiarity and the feeling that you are part of a network will make for a much smoother transition to a new school. Here’s what coming up:

    • Current JK parents will be contacting all new incoming JK parents by phone in the coming weeks.
    • New incoming JK parents and new incoming JK students are encouraged to attend the JK Playdate & JK Parent Welcome Morning on Wednesday, May 24 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at the Junior School (1639 Yonge Street). RSVP HERE.
    • New incoming SK through Grade 11 parents interested in talking to a York Parent Ambassador are encouraged to contact the Advancement Department at advancement@yorkschool.com or 416-926-1325 x 1183 to be connected.
    • New incoming SK through Grade 11 parents are encouraged to attend the New Parent Welcome Evening on Thursday, May 25 from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the Middle & Senior School (1320 Yonge Street). RSVP HERE.
    • New incoming Grade 6 through 11 students are encouraged to attend the New Student Orientation Evening on Thursday, May 25 from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the Middle & Senior School (1320 Yonge Street). RSVP HERE.
    • Look for an email in the coming weeks connecting your SK through Grade 11 child to a returning York School student who will be his or her Class Partner (Junior School), Homeroom Partner (Middle School), or Grade Partner (Senior School) in September. Partners are in the same grade and/or class as the new incoming students they are paired with. Partners act as a “welcoming committee” for new students and a resource and friendly face during the new student’s first weeks at The York School. Partners (through their parents) make an effort to connect with incoming students before summer starts. Some Middle & Senior School Partners will also be in attendance at the New Student Orientation Evening!

#4: The Welcome Package will be a key resource during your transition to The York School. Look out for an email by mid-May linking you to the online Welcome Package. The Welcome Package will provide you with key information (like how and when to order uniforms and laptops) to get you off to a great start! Here’s a tip: make sure you follow the New Student checklist at the beginning of the package!

#5: Don’t let the Friday Flash end up in your junk mail folder! The York School sends out a weekly interactive electronic newsletter called the “Friday Flash” during the school year. In the summer, the school sends a “July Flash” and an “August Flash” to the community. These newsletters are full of important information to get ready for returning to school in September, so look for them in your inbox. Be sure to add communications@yorkschool.com to your safe list, and if you do not receive the first Summer Flash by the end of July, please contact our communications department at 416-926-1325 x 1172.

# 6: Mark Tuesday, September 5 on your calendar. Here’s why: 

  • All new incoming Grade 8 through 11 Students are required to attend Open the Box from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Junior School (1639 Yonge Street). New incoming students will receive their laptops and will participate in a technology orientation session. Please note that new incoming Grade 6 and 7 Students will have their Open the Box orientation a couple of weeks into the school year.  
  • All new incoming and returning JK through Grade 5 parents and students are strongly encouraged to attend the Junior School Drop-in from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at 1639 Yonge Street. Find out which class your child is in and visit their classroom. Meet the teachers. Meet other parents. Meet other students. Visiting the school on the day before the official first day of school makes the first day of school on Wednesday, September 6th much smoother for everyone!   

# 7: Note the five people your child should make a point of meeting during the first week of school:

    •  Main Teacher: This would be the Core Teacher in the Junior School, the Homeroom Teacher for students entering Middle School, the ICE Teacher for students entering Grade 9, and the Advisor for students entering Grade 9 – 11.
    • Counsellor: Each division (Junior, Middle and Senior) has a Counsellor focused on the academic, social, and emotional well-being of our students. The Counsellor acts as an important resource and ongoing source of support.
    • Receptionist. Our receptionists at the Junior School and Middle and Senior School welcome all students and parents with a smile and are your first point of contact when you call the main school phone number. They look forward to getting to know all our new incoming families!
    • Principal. Each division (Junior, Middle and Senior School) has a Principal who is responsible for the leadership and support of all the students and academic staff. They ensure the daily life of the school runs smoothly and effectively.
    • Leadership Coordinator. Each division (Junior, Middle and Senior School) has a Leadership Coordinator responsible for developing, administering and overseeing meaningful, inclusive, and engaging student opportunities and experiences outside of the classroom.  

Transitioning to a new school is both an exciting and uncertain time for both students and parents! Take advantage of all the opportunities outlined above to ensure the smoothest onboarding process as you get ready for September. And, as always, we are here to help so do not hesitate to be in touch with any questions or concerns you may have – big or small!

Sincerely,

The York School Admission & Enrolment Management Team 

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Navigating School Admission Decisions

Congratulations – you’ve decided you’d like to send your child to an independent school in Toronto. Maybe you’ve applied to several schools, or perhaps you’ve narrowed it down to a handful. No matter how many schools you are choosing from, navigating the private school admission process and then making an admission decision can be confusing and stressful. Here are some helpful tips to help you throughout the school admission process:  

Application Deadlines

Generally, schools will accept applications at any time – especially schools with rolling admission (more on that below). That said, most schools will only accept applications for the current application cycle (i.e. you aren’t able to apply for September 2018 until fall of 2017). Some schools incentivize families to get their application in early (e.g. by reducing the application fee). However, the general rule of thumb for a September start is that you should have your application in by December of the previous year. Independent schools should clearly state on their website when their application deadline is.  

Understanding Rolling Admission Versus a Common Offer Date

Schools adhering to a “rolling admission” process (e.g. The York School’s Junior School: JK – Grade 5) will typically accept an application at any time during the admission cycle and will fill spaces as they are available. If you are applying to a school with rolling admission (they should specify this on their website or in prospectus materials), expect an admission decision shortly after completing the process and be prepared to accept or decline an offer of place in a timely manner or the offer will expire.

There is a consortium of top independent schools in Toronto that adhere to a “Common Offer Date” (e.g. The York School: Grade 6 – 12, UCC, Branksome, Havergal, Greenwood etc.) These school all wait for the same agreed-upon date to let applicants know if they have received an offer of place. For the 2017 Admission Cycle, the Common Offer Date is February 24, 2017. What’s great about this arrangement among these competitive schools is applicants can consider all of their options at the same time. For many students and parents, “Decision Week” can be a stressful time – especially if an applicant doesn’t get an offer to his or her top choice school.  

After the Common Offer Date has passed, most schools will revert to rolling admission.

Admission Decisions

There are three general admission decision outcomes: Offer, Waitpool, or Reject.   

Dealing with Rejection

If after reviewing an applicant’s complete file (including assessment and  admission interview results), the Admission Committee at a school concludes that the applicant is not mission appropriate (most often due to academic, language proficiency, behavioural, or philosophical mismatch), the family will be notified that the school will not be offering the applicant a place. While this is not an outcome anyone wants, the best way to avoid a rejection is to do your research on the front end. For example, if your child is consistently getting Cs, you may want to avoid applying to an academically rigorous school that requires an average of at least a B.

 Stickhandling a Waitpool Decision

It’s vitally important for families to understand that being given a waitpool decision does not mean that the applicant is not qualified or mission appropriate for the school. Independent schools receive many more applications than there are spaces available, and Admission Committees are tasked with the difficult job of determining who to offer a place to and who to place in the waitpool. Some of the things considered when making these decisions include:

  • How likely is it that the applicant would accept an offer? If the Admission Committee isn’t certain the applicant would accept an offer because another school is his or her top choice, they might be more likely to give a waitpool decision. So, make sure you have sincerely communicated with your top choice school.
  • Does the applicant already have a sibling at the school or is the applicant’s sibling also applying to the school? Most Admission Committees give preference to sibling and legacy applications as they want to keep siblings together in the same school whenever possible.
  • What is the gender balance of the class being built? This is a focus in co-ed schools and most have policies related to gender balance. The York School, for example, will not go past a 60:40 ratio in either direction even if it means a smaller class in the end or having to waitpool exceptional applicants.
  • What is the applicant’s learning style and personality? The Admission Committee is trying to create as diverse a class as possible – this means a blend of introverts and extroverts, academic superstars and students needing learning support.

A waitpool is not a “top-of-the-list, first in list”. Waitpools are made up of unranked, mission appropriate applicants and Admission Committees will revisit their waitpool and select the most desirable applicant based on all the considerations outlined above. Make sure to let a school know if you want to stay or be removed from their waitpool.

Managing Offers

Students applying to more than one school may find themselves in the position of being offered places at two or more of them. If the student has a clear top choice school, the decision is easy. However, in many cases, applicants like different schools equally for different reasons and really struggle to decide between them when given multiple offers. Figure out what you need to know to help make the decision. Ask if you can connect with a particular teacher, coach, current student, or current family. Find out if you can come back for another look at the school during “Decision Week”. Schools should be willing to help you access the information or people you need to help make the right decision.

Good luck!

-Natasha Estey, Admission Officer, The York School Middle & Senior School

For more information on The York School’s admission process from JK to Grade 12, please contact admission@yorkschool.com.

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5 Steps to Help Students Find Balance

The holiday season is rapidly approaching and our beautiful extended fall is coming to an end. The days are getting shorter and the lazy days of summer seem to be a distant memory. At this time of year, many adults find themselves busy, tired and often times stressed. This is not just an adult problem. Students, too, are struggling to balance between academic demands, packed schedules and commitments that often exceed both their time and energy. It is well documented that rates of anxiety in young people are on the rise. Parents and teachers are often left wondering, how do we help? What steps can we take to support healthy coping in children?

The York School’s Director of Student Wellness offers her list of 5 things parents can do at home to help their children reduce stress and anxiety:

Prioritize sleep. Children and adolescents are chronically overtired which takes a toll on both physical and mental health. Many adolescents are woefully shy of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine’s recommendations that 13-18 year-olds get 8-10 hours of sleep. Lack of sleep diminishes their ability to think, self-regulate and cope with stress.

Nourish their brains. Guide children to make healthy food choices, avoiding excess sugar and processed food. Breakfast provides important fuel for the day, make this a nutrient dense meal you share together. Involve children in meal preparation to foster engagement around healthy eating

Establish limits on technology use. Young people need time to disconnect and unplug. Phones at the table interrupt conversation and phones in bedrooms disrupt sleep. Young people require a break from the constant social navigation that social media engenders. Children look to their parents as models, so ask yourself, what is your relationship to your device?

Seek balance. Consider whether your child has enough time to “chill out” or engage in unstructured play. Are their commitments exerting excessive demands on their time and energy? Are they truly passionate about their activities or motivated by the increasing pressure for young people to excel in multiple domains. 

Respect family time. Carve out time for your family to come together and emotionally connect. Don’t underestimate the importance of time together – eating dinner together as a family has protective value in the lives of young people.

The York School’s strategic vision of supporting the whole child is predicated on the belief that wellness is integral to student success. We are committed to working with parents to nurture healthy, engaged, resilient students. As the Director of Student Wellness, I encourage you to reach out with any questions or comments at any time.

Elissa Kline-Beber, MSW, RSW
Director of Student Wellness

Click here to download slides from Elissa Kline-Beber’s recent presentation, York Talks: Wellness. 

For more information on The York School’s Student Wellness Programme visit us online at www.yorkschool.com or contact Elissa Kline-Beber, Director of Student Wellness: ekline-beber@yorkschool.com.

Why the IB Programme is a Passport to the World

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme is a world-leading curricular framework that emphasizes inquiry and encourages students to become active and compassionate lifelong learners and true citizens of the world. The goal of the IB Programme is to inspire students to become risk takers who are open-minded, principled and reflective. 

ib programmeRecognized around the world, the IB programme is the ultimate passport in an increasingly global context. Since its inception in Geneva, Switzerland in 1968, the IB has grown into three interdisciplinary programmes for students aged 3-19, all of which are offered at The York School. The result is a seamless progression of skills and learning that supports students through every stage of their development and prepares them to excel in any university programme.

With a 100% university placement rate, The York School supports our graduates in developing the capacity to promote cohesion, collaboration and change. They attend the best universities in the world and then become leaders in their professions and citizens who make a difference.

“York showed me that ‘experience teaches’ and pushed me to try new things. Through classroom activities, and unique opportunities like Challenge Week, I discovered new interests and learned how to confront challenges. The York School’s fantastic academic programming and resources set me up to do well at university, as I had already developed the necessary skills for essay writing and test taking. The IB programme developed vital critical skills, and York Faculty were always there to inspire us to reach our full potential, not just academically, but in every facet of our lives.” 

– Caroline Leps, 2015 Rhodes Scholar (The York School, Class of 2011)

What is the IB Diploma Programme (DP)?

ib programme diplomaA challenging two-year programme, the Diploma Programme (DP) is for students in their final years of high school. Students earn a qualification and an IB Diploma, which is recognized globally as the gold standard in education. The DP teaches the oral, writing, research and analytical skills necessary for success. It also promotes well-roundedness through the Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) requirement that immerses students in experiences beyond the classroom and enriches their understanding of themselves and their world.

What are the Benefits of Choosing the IB Programme?

Global research highlights the many benefits of choosing to pursue an IB education and, in particular, an IB Diploma. Looking at the pathways and outcomes of Diploma Programme students at public and private high schools in the United States in 2005 and in 2008, studies show that:  

  • 92% of IB Diploma Programme students graduating from US high schools in 2008 enrolled in US post-secondary institutions
  • Of all the Diploma Programme students who enrolled immediately after high school graduation, 95% enrolled at a four-year institution (the national average is 60%)
  • The first year retention rate of Diploma Programme students enrolled in four-year institutions was 98% (versus the national rate of 77%)
  • The average four-year graduation rate for Diploma Programme earners is 84%
  • Diploma Programme students (both earners and non-earners) have a six-year graduation rate of 83% (versus the national average of 56%)

The IB Global Research department collaborates with universities and independent research organizations worldwide to produce rigorous studies examining the impact and outcomes of the IB’s four programmes.

Here are some interesting key findings from research on the impact of the IB Diploma Programme:  

The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) in the UK examined the characteristics and trends of IB students (compared to A-level and other student groups with similar qualifications) at Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and found that IB students were more likely to:

  • Enrol in a top 20 higher education institution
  • Receive Honours degrees or awards
  • Continue on to further studies
  • Be employed in graduate-level positions and higher paid occupations
  • A case study looking at the enrolment, progression, and achievement of Diploma Programme graduates at two universities in Australia found that Diploma Programme earners were more likely than their non-IB counterparts to be offered admission and to graduate within five years.

An examination of the impact of of Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS’) IB Programmes on postsecondary outcomes and experiences of their graduates found that Diploma Programme graduates were more likely than non-Diploma Programme graduates to:

  • Enrol in college
  • Enrol in selective colleges
  • Stay enrolled
  • Perform better once there

The University of Virginia conducted a study exploring how the Extended Essay (part of the IBDP) prepares Diploma Programme earners for university-level research and academic success and found that Diploma Programme graduates were more likely than Advanced Placement (AP) students to indicate they:

  • Felt prepared for college-level research
  • Were proud of their research
  • Intended to conduct future research

What are the Benefits of the IB Programme Extended Essay? 

A study among students and professors at two universities in the UK found that Diploma Programme earners reported that the Extended Essay strengthened their critical thinking skills and capacity for independent research. A brief published by the IB Global Research department looked at Key findings from research on the Diploma Programme (DP) core (i.e. Theory of Knowledge course, the Extended Essay, and CAS) and reported the impact of the Extended Essay on students’ success in Canada. This study found that Diploma Programme graduates indicated higher ratings than their non-IB peers on self-regulated inquiry learning and were less likely to view learning as just memorization

A study in Argentina, Canada, and the US that explored the implementation and impacts of Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) found that student participation in CAS helped them to:

  • Develop an ethic of service
  • Become more caring, open-minded and reflective
  • Develop more self-confidence and maturity

How the IB Programme Offers Students Global Access

Every year, ACS International Schools surveys university admission officers (telephone interviews with 80 in the UK and 20 in the US) about different education programmes and exam systems. In comparing A-levels, Advanced Placement, IBDP, and Scottish Highers, among university admission officers in the US and the UK, where one is considered better than any other, the IBDP is considered the best preparation to thrive at university.

An IB education and, in particular, the IB Diploma Programme, is arguably the best preparation for university. Diploma Programme students learn how to manage their time, think critically and independently, develop civic mindedness, are accepted into the most selective colleges and universities in the world, and are successful in postsecondary studies. The return on investment in an IB education is high.   

For more information about the IB Programme at The York School, visit www.yorkschool.com.

Written by Natasha Estey, Admissions Officer, Middle & Senior School

References:

Bergeron, L. 2015. Diploma Programme students’ enrollment and outcomes at US postsecondary institutions 2008-2014. Bethesda, MD, USA. International Baccalaureate Organization.

Key findings from research on the impact of the IB Diploma Programme

Key findings from research on the Diploma Programme (DP) core

The University Admissions Officers Report 2015

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How to Prepare for a Private School Fair or Open House

The fall is an exciting time for us – we get to meet new students and their families as they embark on their journey to select the right school. With a plethora of options available in the Greater Toronto Area, it’s important to be informed so that you can make the best decision possible for your child.

img_0970For many parents, a school fair or open house is usually the first opportunity to meet the school’s admission team. At the Our Kids Private School Expo (coming to Toronto on October 15th), parents have the chance to connect with hundreds of schools. But remember that no two schools are the same – each one offers its own unique advantage that may or may not be the right fit for your child.

Here’s how you and your child can prepare for a private school fair or private school open house:

Create a shortlist of schools

 By shortlisting a few schools, your search becomes more targeted and this will help you navigate the process. To determine a shortlist, we usually recommend about 4-5 schools. Your list may narrow down schools by certain criteria, for example academic curriculum such as IB vs. AP, co-ed vs. single gender, extracurricular activities, engagement opportunities for your child, tuition, location and much more.  

Prepare a list of questions to ask the Admission Director

 There’s lots to ask – don’t be shy and try to get to every one on your list. The Admission team appreciates engaged and inquisitive parents. We also recommend that you speak to your child beforehand to find out their questions, concerns and their feelings about attending a new school. This will ensure that both you and your child are comfortable when it comes to your final decision. While asking all of your questions, try to make a connection!

Make a date to visit the school with your child

 Find out the dates for the school’s open house or explore if there are other events or opportunities for your son/daughter to experience life inside the classroom. The more opportunities you have to experience the school, the better informed you will be when making your decision and ultimately the more comfortable your child will be. Be sure to register and attend admission events if you are available. You can sign up for one of The York School’s open houses here.

Keep in touch

The Admission team will want to hear from you after the fair or event. Admission teams are always busy, and meet several hundreds of families per year. To ensure that you are building a strong relationship with the school, it’s a good idea to stay in touch. Additionally, it’s important to try to connect with some of our Parent Ambassadors – hearing from existing parents can be a huge help in the decision making process.

A private school fair or expo is clearly a great opportunity to gather information, ask lots of questions and ensure that you are guiding your child toward the right school. Be sure to make the most of this time by preparing beforehand and following up afterward – it will make a huge difference as you move through the admission process, and even more of a difference when your child finds the right school.

I look forward to connecting with you at upcoming admission events this fall!inquire-now

Sincerely,
Praveen Muruganandan
Director, Strategic Enrolment Management
The York School 

To learn more visit:

www.yorkschool.com/admission

 

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