FAQs

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What are the benefits of applying to independent schools through B.E.S.T.?

B.E.S.T. supports families as they navigate both the application and financial aid process while saving parents time and money. Although B.E.S.T. charges a processing fee, families can save up to $200 in application and testing fees. In addition to admissions counseling and processing of all admissions forms, B.E.S.T. provides Independent School Entrance Exam preparation workshops, Financial Aid workshops, and is a partner throughout the admissions process. Once a student enrolls at a member school, B.E.S.T. continues to provide support and programming to students and their families.

Which grades are natural entry points at independent schools, and when is the best time to begin the application process?

Natural entry points for independent schools are Kindergarten, 1st, 6th, and 9th grades. Although there are success stories of students gaining entry at other grade levels, it is far more competitive. Families should begin the application process between July and November of the year prior to the student entering those grades.

Does my child need to have all A’s & B’s on his/her report card to qualify for B.E.S.T.?

Yes. Unless a student is a high achiever in their present school, it is unlikely that a student will be able to compete academically in the independent school environment. A’s & B’s, in addition to above average standardized test scores, are a minimum requirement.

Will B.E.S.T. provide funds to pay my child’s tuition and fees at an independent school of my choice?

B.E.S.T. does not award scholarships or financial aid directly to families. Each independent school is responsible for making both admissions and financial aid decisions. We raise funds to contribute to our member schools’ financial aid budgets. We also support families as they apply for financial aid by offering free seminars and workshops as well as financial aid waivers.

Is my child less likely to be accepted if we need financial aid?

No. Admissions Committees at all of our member schools take all applicant information into consideration when making admissions decisions.

Are some students accepted yet not granted the financial aid they need to enroll?

Yes. Unfortunately each year there are students who are accepted and not awarded financial aid due to the requests for aid exceeding the financial aid available at the schools.

What support programs are offered at B.E.S.T.?

We offer a full range of programs in each of the following categories:

Student Applicant
Applicant Parent
Current Student
Current Parent