The admissions process is the first step in creating a dynamic and engaging school environment, providing independent schools with the unique opportunity to vet their potential candidates. This opportunity, however, can also be rife with legal pitfalls if not done thoroughly, consistently and with consideration given to any applicable laws, including non-discrimination laws. In this session, we will discuss strategies for ensuring that you are collecting the information you need to properly assess the applicant and his/her family - from the parents/guardians, from any other schools the applicant may have attended and from any other possible sources - as well as identifying and collecting any other documents or information needed to inform the school's decision. This session will also review the particular considerations which arise in vetting international students, in applicant visits to the school and in the ultimate determination to admit, deny or waitlist an applicant. Finally, this session will review communicating the admissions decision, and issuing the enrollment contract.
Janice P. Gregerson, Venable LLP