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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.
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 May and September of the year prior to the student entering those grades.
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.
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.
No. Admissions Committees at all of our member schools take all applicant information into consideration when making admissions decisions.
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.