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Admissions Committee: Behind the Curtain

When the flurry of the admissions season comes to a close, it is time to welcome new students to BISC! The Admissions Committee has an important job—its members evaluate applicants and thoughtfully compose our school community, cohort by cohort. Here are answers to some of prospective parents' most frequently asked questions about the Admissions Committee.

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Who's on the Admissions Committee?

The admissions process determines a mutual fit between a prospective student and the school, so the Admissions Committee includes members of the school leadership teams. Committee members are the Headmaster, Head of Secondary, Leader of Primary and members of the Admissions Team. If and when necessary, the Admissions Committee consults our pastoral specialists (Learning Resource Team members and the School Psychologist). 

What does the Admissions Committee look for?

The Admissions Committee is dedicated to assessing each applicant as a whole. Our students are well-rounded and have varied extracurricular interests and academic strengths. At BISC, we provide students with a personalized, international education that engages and inspires them to become ambitious in all endeavors. As such, children who fit a number of learning profiles succeed here!

In evaluating your child as an applicant, the Admissions Committee has a few considerations. The first is the admissions file, which the Admissions Team creates once you’ve applied to BISC. The file contains items like your application, teacher evaluation forms, exam scores and notes from your parent meeting. In reviewing your child’s admissions file, the committee considers each component equally. The committee also takes into account the needs of the existing cohort in order to secure a diverse group of students in each year. Perhaps the current class has more boys than girls, more introverts than extroverts, or more athletes than artists, etc.

What happens after the Admissions Committee evaluates applicants?

Once the Admissions Committee has reviewed each applicant, the Admissions Team will communicate admissions decisions via email and snail mail on March 4, a date that aligns with other independent school admission announcements.

There are four categories of admissions decisions:

  1. Acceptance: Upon review, the Admissions Committee would like to welcome your child and family to the BISC community! If you receive this notification on March 4, it will be accompanied by an enrollment agreement. The enrollment agreement is your contract with the school and commits your child to enrolling for the 2016-17 school year. Return acceptance and the enrollment agreement are due by March 11.
  2. Wait Pool: If the applicant pool is oversubscribed, but your child is an admissible candidate, you will receive a wait pool letter. As the language implies, it is a pool, not a list, which means it is unranked. If you receive this letter and BISC remains your top choice, we encourage you to reach out to the Admissions Team to express your continued interest.
  3. Declined: Upon review, the Admissions Committee feels that BISC is not the best fit for your child. The Admissions Team will discuss the committee’s decision with you before sending you this decision letter.
  4. Incomplete: Your admissions file was not complete by the February 29 deadline, so the Admissions Committee was unable to determine admissibility. If you receive this letter, please contact the Admissions Team to complete the admissions process.

After enrolling, new families will be added to the school’s weekly communications so they can stay up-to-date with BISC. Over the summer months, new families will receive detailed information about the 2016-17 school year, like uniforms, the lunch program, auxiliary programming and class lists. Check back with the admissions team’s blog in March for more information about upcoming communication!

Further questions?

If you have any questions about the admissions process or the Admissions Committee, please contact the Admissions Team at (773) 998-2472 or admissions@bischicagosl.org.

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