York Country Day schedules open house – a good time to learn about ‘opportunity scholarships’

York Country Day School will hold an open house Sunday to kick of the admissions season for the 2013-14 school year.

Parents and students can take tours, meet teachers, learn about the application process and about financial aid, including new “opportunity scholarship” program started by the state in the summer.

The event runs from 1 to 3 p.m. The school is at 1071 Regents Glen Blvd., Spring Garden Township.

“This is the time to begin planning for next year,” said Nat Coffman, head of school.

Coffman noted that in August, the school was inundated with questions and interest in the new opportunity scholarship program, aimed at giving low- to moderate-income students from low-achieving schools a scholarship to attend elsewhere. The scholarships are to be funded through donations from businesses, which will give to approved scholarship organizations in exchange for tax credits.

Most schools said the program was more likely to have impact in 2013-14, because there just wasn’t enough time to first, get donations from businesses, and second, get kids in.

Coffman said York Country Day managed to get one student in on an opportunity scholarship for 2012-13. The student rushed through the admissions process, he said, but it’s really not designed to be done that quickly.

“It’s a pretty elaborate process for us,” he said.

So if you were interested in the opportunity scholarship program, you might want to check in with the private schools you are interested in and see when they’d advise you to start the admissions process. It might be earlier than you think!

Learn more about the opportunity scholarship program here. There you can find information on whether your child is eligible and what schools are participating.

About Angie Mason

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