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Tips for Attending High School Information Sessions

March 28, 2023 Sereia Sarumida

Public high school admissions decisions came out on March 9th, and families have until April 5th to accept an offer. Many high schools are now offering information sessions, open houses, and virtual events for accepted students. These events are the perfect opportunity to ask students and teachers detailed questions about the schools, so you can decide which one is the best fit for you. If you have trouble getting started thinking of questions to ask, asking these sample questions (divided by topic) can help you to consider a broad range of factors to decide on a school to attend!

Time Commitment (Commute, School Day, Homework, etc.):

What time does the school day start/end?

How much time do you spend on homework on weekdays? What about on the weekends?

Does your school schedule allow you to participate in activities outside of school? 

What does your schedule look like on a typical school day? 

How much time do you have to yourself everyday?

How much sleep do you get everyday? 

School’s Area of Interest (STEM, arts, etc.):

How many classes in (high school’s area of interest) are you taking right now? 

How many classes are you required to take in (high school’s area of interest)?

Are there any specific courses that the school requires all students to take? 

Do you know what you want to major in college? 

Do you know what profession you want to go into? 


Post-Secondary Support (Preparation for post-high school graduation):

How does the school help students with their college applications? 

Do you feel like this school provides you with adequate help for college applications? 

How many guidance counselors does the school have? How helpful do you feel their advice is on college applications?  

School environment 

Do you feel safe in the bathrooms/cafeteria/hallways, etc?

Does this school have a competitive learning environment? 

Does the school have spirit days/special events? 


Does each student get their own locker?

What is the maximum number of flights of stairs you have to climb between classes? 

How many minutes do you have to get from class to class? 

As a final tip, it can be helpful to read the school’s website before attending these events so you can ask specific questions regarding a school. If you are still unsure about your choices, you can also always seek help from your current school’s guidance counselor. The high school admissions process is almost over - Good luck on the rest of the process!

Sereia Sarumida is a Junior at LaGuardia High School. She enjoys playing piano, traveling, and going to classical concerts. 

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