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Open Houses: Making The Most Of Your Visit

Open houses are a great way to explore your next school and meet current students, but sometimes the information about what to expect at an open house can be hard to find. Here are some guidelines for making the most of your visit. To find out everything you need to know, visit

Plan ahead

You don’t want to show up unprepared – it’s always best to come with a list of questions for the school counselor or other staff members that you hope will get answered, as well as any questions you want clarified from our website before your visit. The staff will be happy to help you out and know the best way to answer any questions that you have.

Arrive on time

Schools are busy places and if you arrive after visitors have been waiting at the door, you may have difficulty finding them. Arrive at least 15 minutes before the opening bell so that your preferred time slot is available. To get the full picture, click here


Get the lay of the land

Be sure to ask for a school map and a schedule of what’s happening during your visit so that you can get from point A to point B as efficiently as possible. The staff will be happy to point out where everything is, but it’s always better if you know how to navigate the building yourself.

Take notes

You’ll have plenty of time during open houses to meet with counselors, teachers and students and take notes on what they have to say. Taking the time to jot down some thoughts about potential fit for you, questions about the school and their student body, or other notes will give you something to refer back to later.

Be honest

When it comes time for you to make your decision, knowing where your child is going is crucial. Many families have abandoned their search as a result of bad experiences at open houses that they found disappointing and not representative of the school in question. That’s why it’s important to be honest with yourself about your feelings toward the school, which can sometimes take a bit more time than expected.

Get a snack

Nobody likes to go hungry. Be sure to ask if there are any snacks available before you arrive and either bring something from home or get whatever you want from the snack shack after your tour. You may find that there are snacks available for purchase, too, but if this is the case, it’s important not to assume that all schools will be the same.