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School Fairs: What to Expect

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Our PREP Boarding School Fair is fast approaching and you might be wondering what to expect and how to prepare. This might be your first fair or your first step into the world of international boarding schools.

Now that you have registered, have October 15 marked on your calendar and know where you’re going, you can think about how to get the most out of the opportunity to meet over 20 schools in one location.

With so many options – summer programs or a full year, different countries, diverse educational philosophies – the best way to get ready is to start thinking about a few key aspects of your child’s education.

There are few basic questions that can help you focus in on schools that are a good fit for your child:

Which country would you like them to go to?
This will affect language options, travel opportunities, time zone for staying connected and communicating, cost of travel and exchange rate.

Will you travel to visit and will your child return home for major holidays?
This will affect how often you visit, ease of travel for your child to travel alone and again overall cost.

What type of school do you want for your child?
There are many different categories of schools. Do you want a school with an IB or AP or GCSE academic program? Should it be co-ed or all girls or all boys? Catholic or non-denominational? Have STEM programs or liberal arts? Would a large or small school be the best fit?

What special talents, skills or needs does your child have?
Consider athletic teams, fine arts programs and clubs. Think about new opportunities and experiences your child would like to try or academic support they may require.

These discussions will better equip you to have meaningful and focused conversations with the admissions representatives that you will meet.

If you don’t have answers to all of these questions, don’t worry! The admissions representatives you will meet at the fair can help you figure out what kind of boarding school experience is the right fit.

We look forward to seeing you on October 15!

PREP Boarding School Fair

Thursday, October 15, 2015
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, JW Marriott Polanco
Mexico City, Mexico

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