Some EdCo Partner schools have strict deadlines for admissions, others offer rolling admissions. the timeline below offers a good starting point for most families.

August ( before your child's 8th grade year)

  • Determine what you’re looking for in a high school.
  • Begin researching schools that meet your child’s needs.
  • Develop a list of schools that you’d like to learn more about.
  • Browse school websites and request admissions/financial aid materials.

September (of your child's 8th grade year)

  • Review admissions materials and decide which schools to visit.
  • Make note of school open house dates.
  • Plan a school visit, tour, interview, class visit. Many schools also offer a chance for students to "shadow" for a full day.
  • Note and keep a calendar of deadlines for admission and financial aid.
  • Register for admissions tests and test prep classes if desired.

October of your child's 8th grade year

  • Visit open houses, attend information sessions and take tours.
  • Finalize a list of schools to which you will apply.
  • Take standardized admission tests, if applicable.

November (of your child's 8th grade year)

  • Students take Entrance/Placement and Scholarship exams.
  • Start working on applications, financial aid forms, student questionnaires, essays, etc.


  • Complete  remaining application requirements for admissions, scholarships, and/or financial aid.


  • Admissions notices are sent. Pay careful attention to deadline dates for enrollment forms and deposits.

March to early September

  • Attend events and activities for new parents and students during the spring and summer.