What to Expect on a Student Visit

Congratulations, you’ve submitted your application! Now that you’ve completed this huge step of the admissions process, it’s time to schedule the student visit. We in admissions think of the student visit as the most important part of the process, because it’s when we have the opportunity to get to know each young person applying to our school.

Knowing what to expect before the student visit will help you prepare your child and calm any nerves. Here’s what the student visit experience looks like at Calhoun, for each grade level.


The meeting of 3’s and 4’s applicants with teachers is designed to be as low stress as possible. When you and your child arrive, you’ll join a small group of children and adults, and will go into a classroom with many activities to choose from. Teachers interact with the children while parents have the opportunity to observe, ask questions and peruse sample student reports.

Young Calhoun student in classroom

Kindergarten – 5th Grade

In general, K-5th grade applicants meet in groups of six with similarly aged applicants. The visit is divided into time with a group and one-on-one time with a teacher. While student applicants are meeting with teachers, the adult has 10-15 minutes to talk privately to an admissions representative.

Usually, 2nd grade applicants spend time in a classroom while their parent or guardian has a private tour and time with the director of admissions.

A young student reads in his classroom

6th – 12th Grade

Middle and Upper School student visits offer us the opportunity to get to know our applicants beyond what grades and teacher reports can tell us. The visit is three-fold. First, a group of 5-6 applicants will be given a prompt and have thirty minutes to engage in a group project. Next, applicants will have a one-on-one meeting with a member of our administrative team. Finally, he or she will be asked to complete a questionnaire designed by our admissions office.

Students in Social Studies class

Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions about the student visit or the admissions process. We look forward to meeting you!