“How many schools have you applied at so far?” my friends asked.
“What? It’s still October! Admissions haven’t even started yet,” I naively answered.
“Are you serious? Some schools already closed admission,” they confidently replied.
And that my fellow mommies is how my school saga started. If you’re like me and have no clue about new admissions whatsoever, then this one is for you.
GET READY FOR THE SCHOOL APPLICATIONS BATTLE!
While some schools have already finished their admission process before we even hear about it as International School of Elite Education and Modern English School (MES), others are still accepting new applications, such as Cairo English School. Usually, schools’ admissions start in November, and some actually open their doors much later as Europa Schule Kairo (ESK), which starts by the second half of January.
Mommy, if you are waiting for a sign to start looking for a school, this is it.
Image source: Elite Education
There’s no need to panic. For now, start educating yourself about the different education systems available in Egypt (National, American, British, IB, German, French, and Montessori), research schools, and check reviews. Your second step should be filtering down your search to certain schools you’re interested in. Keep checking schools’ websites on a regular basis, so you don’t miss the online application submission date.
Schools announce the exact date they will start accepting online applications, but they close submissions when they reach their maximum number of applications. In case one of the schools you’re interested in closed the admission door and you missed it, keep checking their website because there is a possibility that they accept new applicants if they haven’t reached the required number of students per year. A very slight possibility -more of a hopeful dream- but who knows!
You can join parents groups on Facebook, such as Parents of American Schools in Egypt, Parents of British schools in Egypt, Parents of National Schools in Egypt, German Schools & Nurseries in Egypt for more information about each system and to ask parents about previous experiences and school reviews.
Now tell us, have you applied to a school yet?