should ideally begin the addmissions process for private school
as early as September of the preceeding year. The best private
schools are often highly competitive, so the earlier you express
your interest, the better.
Check into the
guildeines for your school of choice. They might run anywhere
from December to February for the deadlines, but even as late
as May. Most acceptance decisions are made in the spring,
so even if you believe you are running behind schedule for
enrollment, pay the school a visit anyway, as you may be pleasantly
Don't forget that
there could be some last minute or mid-school-year spaces
become available if families are transfered out of town. So
be sure to ask about the possibility even if the school is
about to start, or if switching your child half way through
the year is worth it for you.