10 Good Reasons to Attend a High School Open House in Staten Island
If your child is in the process of applying for enrollment in a new school for the 2023-2024 academic school year, attending as many open house events at prospective schools is extremely important – even if they are being held virtually. Here’s why these events are essential.
- Meet the faculty. This is your opportunity for you and your child to meet their potential future teachers and principal. The principal, in particular, plays a major role in the school and consequently, in the lives of the students. It is very important that you feel comfortable with this person being at the forefront of your child’s education.
- Be on the school’s radar. Schools often take note of which students attend their open house events and that could be factor in their decision to offer your child a spot. Always be sure to neatly write your child’s name on the attendance sheet so they know she was there.
- Get a feel for the surroundings. Ever hear of good vibes? That’s exactly what you should feel for a prospective school. The atmosphere, the staff, the location, the students – all of it should just feel right. If it doesn’t, trust your gut and cross that school off your list.
- Assess your commute. If the event is being held in person, it’s a good chance to do a practice run on the commute. You can see how far the school is from your home, how long it takes to get there, and what the surrounding neighborhood is like. At the open house you will also learn which transportation options are available.
- Learn about programs offered. This is often one of the most important deciding factors when selecting a school. At the open house event, you will be given an in-depth look at the programs and courses offered at the school. You can ask questions, meet the teachers heading up each program and learn about your child’s academic options.
- Voice safety concerns. Your child’s safety is crucial. At the open house, the school will address any questions or concerns you have about security measures, emergency procedures, possible crime statistics and more. This is your chance to express any coronavirus concerns you have, and to learn the school’s Covid-19 regulations and preventive measures.
- Learn about the school day. At the open house, you will find out what time school starts and ends, when your child will be eating lunch, what her daily schedule might look like, how the periods are structured and other information about the school day.
- See which extracurricular activities and clubs are available. Most schools offer after-school sports, academic clubs, and other programs your child might be interested in joining. A school that offers a wide variety of extracurricular activities might play a large role in his decision to apply.
- Meet current students. One of the best ways to learn about a school is from the students themselves. At the open house, students are often on hand to help describe the programs in which they are involved and what student life is like at the school.
- Learn about the application and selection process. Some schools require tests or auditions, other schools screen applicants based on grades or other factors and some select students entirely at random. At the open house, you will learn what is required to apply to the school and estimate your child’s odds of receiving an offer. You can also ask questions or voice your concerns about the process to ensure you have all the information you need to help your child apply for enrollment.
Staten Island Featured High Schools
Curtis High School
105 Hamilton Avenue
With Staten Island’s only accredited International Baccalaureate and Nursing CTE programs, state of the art building, athletic facilities, and Community Schools partnerships, Curtis is nationally and internationally recognized for both excellence and diversity. Come and find out how to make your family a part of the Curtis community.
Curtis High School Open House Date
Nov. 1, 6pm
St. Joseph by-the-Sea High School
5150 Hylan Blvd
St Joseph by-the-Sea High School invites you to join their Open House on October 16 for boys or October 23rd for girls between the hours of 1pm and 4pm. Appointments can be made online by visiting JosephSea.org today.
St. Joseph by-the-Sea High School Open House Dates
Girls Open House: Oct. 16
Boys Open House: Oct. 23
St. Joseph Hill Academy High School
850 Hylan Blvd
Visit St. Joseph Hill Academy’s Fall Open House on Sunday, October 23, 2022 to meet students, faculty, and staff. You will tour the school and learn about the school’s highly individualized academic programming, athletics, and enriching spiritual and social opportunities. Discover Your Highest Good (SUMMUM BONUM)!
St. Joseph Hill Academy Fall Open House
Oct. 23, 11:30am-2:30pm
Staten Island Academy
715 Todt Hill Road
Programs include coed college prep school for pre-K3 to grade12. Free extended day 7am- 7pm. Full-day 3 or 5-days-a week program offered for pre-K3 students. Summer programs. College guidance program. Academic Resource Center staffed with Orton-Gillingham trained specialists. Need-based financial aid available beginning in kindergarten.
Staten Island Academy 2022 Open House Dates
William Winter Open House – Grade 6: Oct. 11, 7-9pm; Oct. 13, 9:30-11am
William Winter Open House – Grade 9: Oct. 18, 7-9pm
EC/LS Admission Open House: Oct. 25, 9:30-11am
Grades 5-11 Admissions Open House: Nov. 15, 9:30-10:30am
All School Admissions Open House: 9:30-11am
Staten Island Technical High School
485 Clawson Street
SI Tech HS prioritizes rigorous academics balanced with physical and mental wellness. The goal is to develop social skills, exemplary character, scholarship, service, leadership, and citizenship for all members of the school community. Innovation is cultivated through the development of 21st Century Learning Skills: Collaboration, Communication, Creativity and Critical Thinking.
Staten Island Technical High School Open House
Oct. 25, 5-8pm
The Lois & Richard Nicotra Early College Charter School
1441 South Ave 5TH Floor
The Lois & Richard Nicotra Early College Charter school allows students to earn both a high school diploma and, for those that maintain a “B” average, college credits. Students study two pathways at Nicotra: Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice, or Business and Entrepreneurship. Internship opportunities are also available.
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