Our Admissions Team loves to meet future Bulldogs at shadow days and play groups! These sessions allow prospective students to experience life at BISC South Loop and give faculty and staff the chance to get to know your child in a school setting.
You may feel anxious or nervous about what to expect during a shadow day or play group, which we completely understand. The Admissions Team is here to help. Read on for what to expect during these sessions, as well as tips for making your child's shadow day or play group a success.
As part of the admissions process, all children applying to Years 2-13 will experience BISC South Loop for an entire school day (8:25 a.m.-3:40 p.m.). Children applying to Years 2-9 will spend the day with peers in their current grade, which allows them to get to know their potential future classmates. High school applicants (Years 10-13) shadow with the grade to which they're applying, so they're able to experience the potential year ahead.
Upon your arrival, the Admissions Team will welcome you and your child. Then, we'll pair your child with a student buddy who will accompany them to classes, and also provide a work packet to help your child reflect on their experiences throughout the day.
Shadow day students will attend multiple classes. They may work through equations in Math class, learn about our science courses (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) by participating in labs; explore our Art and Design Technology programs in one of the visual arts suites; participate in Dance class in the performance studio; or get a peek into our Music coursework developed in collaboration with The Juilliard School.
All shadow day students will receive lunch and a morning snack prepared by our culinary team, Quest.
Children applying to Nursery through Year 1 participate in a 45-minute play group that's designed to resemble a truncated version of a day in preschool. During the play group, children interact with peer applicants and teachers in our Early Years classrooms. They'll participate in free play and brief, teacher-led activities such as art and storytime. Meanwhile, parents will partake in a presentation by the Head of Early Years about our curriculum and will have the opportunity to ask questions of senior administrators.
After your child’s shadow day or play group, we recommend you discuss their visit with them. If you have questions about the day or would like to get in touch with a student or teacher they met along the way—let us know! It's important that we ensure our school is the right fit for your family, and we feel no question is too small.
We look forward to getting to know your family and welcoming you to ours! Please direct any questions about shadow days, play groups or the admissions process to the Office of Admissions at email@example.com or 773-998-BISC (2472).