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When to Apply

When you submit an application to A Better Chance, you become a potential candidate for one of our Member Schools. Since our application cycle begins much earlier than the average school application, we allow students to get a head start on the admissions process to our Member Schools.

When you begin your A Better Chance application in February, you start preparing for schools’ application processes almost six months earlier. Because of this,  when you submit an application to A Better Chance, you are actually completing an application for 2 grade levels above your current grade. For example, if a student in the 7th grade completes our application, that student becomes a candidate for the 9th grade. 

Current Grade Placement Grade


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7 9
8 10
9 11

General Applicant Timeline

  • Application Becomes Available Online: February 1, 2021

  • Early Decision Deadline: March 1, 2021

  • Mock SSAT Testing Window #1: March 6-7, 2021

  • Early Decisions Notifications: early to mid-April 2021

  • Mock SSAT Testing Window #2: April 10-11, 2021

  • Regular Decision Deadline: April 15, 2021

  • Regular Decisions Notifications: mid to late June 2021

Things to do before you apply