Pieces of Advice on the Independent School Admissions Process

Pieces of Advice on the Independent School Admissions Process

By Kota Marsteiner '24

Hi, my name is Kota Marsteiner. I am a senior day student from Stow, Massachusetts.

I am a part of the Elm Tree Society on campus, a group of top tour guides. I have been giving tours for three years and am very familiar with the overall process of getting into LA. It can be a little overwhelming as you go through the admissions process, so I am here to help.

Kota participating in his Honors Terrorism, Extremism, and Radicalism class with Mr. Stillwell.

To hopefully make this process easier for you and your family, here are three things I recommend doing.

  • First, go to every event that you can. Specifically, every event that has students from the school. Unlike all the other open houses, you will hear first-hand experiences of how great it is to be a part of the LA community. The students on these panels are only there to talk to you and make your decision-making process more manageable. There is no incentive or prize for them to be there. They are purely there because they want to support you. I highly recommend finding time to attend at least one of these events.
  • Second, attend a few sports games. Attending a sports game is the best way to get a sense of the school and its energy. I recommend either a volleyball or basketball game because those are the games most students go to. There is always great energy, and it will give you a sense of the community life on campus. I know that the energy that I found at LA was one of the main reasons I chose to attend in the first place.

Kota with his fellow classmates during English class on the Quad.

  • Last but certainly not least, meet with someone from the school or an alum. The best way to connect with the school is by reaching out to those who have experienced everything you are going through. Not only can they give you helpful insight into the everyday life of the school, but they can also support you through the admissions process. Whether it is putting in a good word or prepping you for an interview, people at LA are looking to help you in any way possible. So don’t be nervous to reach out to someone in the community.

I hope I could help you just a little bit in your admissions process, and I hope to see you on campus soon.