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2022/23 Private School Admissions Webinar Series

#3 What Private Schools Want: Your Guide to Admissions Success

Think applying to private school is straightforward? Think again! The number of applicants to private schools grows every year. Their families have impressive credentials and students have strong social-emotional and academic abilities. How can your family stand out from the crowd?

Before diving headfirst into the application process, take some time to understand how that process has changed for 2022. Simply filling out application forms and showing up for interviews is not enough. Strengthening your family's profile, and building your child's abilities and accomplishments takes time, planning, and expertise. With a solid strategy, your family can beat the competition and gain a coveted spot in your school of choice.

In this seminar, we'll share in-depth guidance and insight for navigating the application process successfully.

The KEY workshop will cover:

Topics include:

  • Application trends for 2023 that you need to know
  • What the top private schools are looking for
  • How KEY can help your family stand out from the competition
  • Successful case study

Seminar dates:

  • Wednesday, June 7, 19:00 - 21:00 Online Seminar

Seminar Agenda

  • 19:00-20:30 Speech
  • 20:30-21:00 Q&A

*After the seminar, our admissions advisors will offer one-on-one, comprehensive recommendations for the next steps in the preparation process based on your child’s initial assessment result at KEY.

If you have any questions about applying to private schools, KEY recommends that you make an appointment with us for a free initial consultation. Our professional team will tailor an application plan for you and guide you towards success.

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KEY has helped hundreds of families gain admissions to top private schools from 2011 to 2023.

KEY’s Integrated Early Childhood Education Curriculum

The ECE Curriculum That Targets Private School Admissions in Vancouver

  • Uses KEY’s unique 6Cs ™ Education Philosophy to help children uncover their potential
  • Integrates Montessori, Reggio-Emilia and Waldorf philosophies
  • Enhances qualities private schools look for: Social-emotional intelligence, academic ability, and language skills
  • Helps prepare for private school assessment and admission

About KEY's 6Cs™

KEY 6 Cs™ education philosophy consist of 6 characteristics for success in private school and university admission.

  • Curiosity

    Expands curiosity based on the child’s topic of interest to build a scientific and truth-seeking spirit.

  • Creativity

    Thru teaching the use of imagination, help develop the child’s ability to solve problems in the future creatively.

  • Critical and Strategic Thinking

    Thru facilitate questioning, builds the habit to think deeply.

  • Confidence

    Satisfying the child’s positive psychological development needs to build a character with self respect, self discipline, and self confidence.

  • Collaboration

    Improves listening and communication skill to prepare for future team collaboration situations.

  • Character

    Learns to take responsibility of ones action to develop a positive and open mind.

KEY Early Childhood Education Program Blueprint

Unique Advantages of KEY's ECE System

  • 1. Family Scorecard / Assessment

    Through our Family Scorecard, not only do we get a better understanding of your child’s special traits, advantages and needs, so that we can customize their ECE program to better develop their potential, but also we will have a better understanding on the family, allowing us to develop the most suitable private school application strategy for you.

  • 2. Continuous Evaluation

    Continuous evaluations can help us confirm the areas your child needs to improve on next, so that we can concentrate on those areas and optimize their chances of acceptance by your chosen private schools.

  • 3. Little Scholars Support Program

    Our Little Scholars Support Program will help your child gain the basic skills needed to excel in our Little Scholars Program

  • 4. Little Scholars Program

    Our integrated ECE program improves students abilities on three main aspects: social and emotional intelligence, academic abilities and language proficiency – qualities valued by private schools.

  • About KEY Little Scholars Integrated Approach

    The program is designed to develop students’ skills required for private school admission. We have integrated the essence of Montessori, Reggio-Emilia and Waldorf philosophies to help your child develop all skills (social-emotional intelligence, academic abilities, and English language proficiency) valued by private schools. This program is also for any family wanting their child to improve their soft skills or academic skills.


    The Montessori Method of education, developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, is a child-centered educational approach.

    Key Points:

    Character, Leadership and Critical & Strategic Thinking, Problem Solving


    The Reggio Emilia approach uses self-directed, experiential learning in relationship-driven environments.

    Key Points:

    Confidence, Celebration, Mobility, Sketches, Drawing, Building, Crafting, Music, Performance.


    The Waldorf approach cultivates the students imagination and creativity in a natural setting.

    Key Points:

    Creativity, Curiosity, Critical Thinking, Communication.

  • 5. Assessment

    Our formal pre-application will help decide if your child is ready to prepare for their private school admission.

  • 6. Private School Preparation Course

    We will put your children through an intensive preparation course with simulated admission tests before the actual admission assessment. This will help your child stand out among peer applicants.

  • 7. Private School Application Support

    We can provide support throughout the private school application process:

    • Pre-Application Supports - Family profile development, extracurricular/community involvement planning, cultural readiness, school options
    • Application Supports – Application documents, parent statement, reference letter, differentiating your family
    • Process Supports - Open house preparation, interview preparation, communicating with private schools
    • Post Application Supports – Outcome resolution, academic pathway planning

  • 8. Family Support

    We can provide customized support based on the Family Scorecard. As parents, you play important roles in your child’s learning. We will provide you with advice on how to support your child at home so that study becomes an important component of their life.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the advantages of KEY’s ECE system compared to other early education methods?

A: This program is the only early childhood education system in Vancouver that targets private school admission. We will help with your child enter top private schools through a multitude of activities, from simulated admission tests to parental and application support.

Also, unlike many traditional ECE methods that value a child’s mental development over academic performance, our program combines our years of experience with private school admissions with three popular early childhood education philosophies: Montesorri, Waldolf, and Reggio-Emilia. As a result, our program is exactly what parents have asked for: a curriculum that can improve both academic foundations (Example: social communications and English proficiency) and personal advantages (examples: social etiquette and self-discipline).

Why early childhood education?

A: “The child is father of the man.” Age 3-6 is a child’s golden time to improve their language, sports, and awareness skills. Also, private school admission is becoming increasingly competitive. An Early Education Program can help uncover your children’s total intelligence, creativity, and social skills. Through stimulated private school assessment tests, they can also develop themselves into model students desired by private schools, thus unlocking their academic pathway to the future.

Can ECE really help with private school admission interviews?

A: There are certainly techniques that can be applied during private schools interviews. However, a child’s academic performance and personal growth relies on everyday development with the right guidance. Our program is based on our experience of helping many students enter top schools over the years. It is the first early childhood education program to focus on private school admissions in Canada, and can help build your child’s self-discipline, confidence, and drive for academic success.