The Student Success Blog

Stacy Jagodowski

Ms. Jago is the Director of Marketing & Communications at Milken. She has working at independent schools for more than 15 years in both admission and marketing roles, and is a graduate of an independent schools.
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Should I follow up on my private school application?

Posted by Stacy Jagodowski 1/29/2018

You’ve successfully submitted your private school application before the priority admission deadline, but now what? Should you follow up with the admission office to make sure your file is complete, or should you just sit tight and wait? Chances are, the correct thing to do is neither.

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Topics: Applying to Private School, Application tips

Is it too late to apply to private school?

Posted by Stacy Jagodowski 1/16/2018

Most private schools adhere to admission deadlines set by larger organizations, like the National Association of Independent Schools or regional groups. In Los Angeles, schools like Milken, are part of a consortium that dictates the deadlines for admission applications. While many national schools adhere to a February application deadline, for private schools in LA, the admission cycles are different. Exact dates may vary from year to year, but they typically include an application deadline that falls in early December, with admission decisions being sent to families in March. But what if you've missed the deadline? Is it too late to apply to private school?

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Topics: Deadlines, Application tips

The 5 Best Blogs of 2017

Posted by Stacy Jagodowski 1/1/2018

As we kick off the New Year and celebrate the start of 2018, we wanted to look back at our first year of the Student Success Blog and highlight the 5 best blogs of 2017. Our readers clearly loved some of the pieces we published, and we are confident that you will continue to love what we'll share in 2018 just as much (hopefully, even more!).

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Topics: Applying to Private School, Application tips

Admission Decision Dates: What you need to know

Posted by Stacy Jagodowski 12/13/2017

When it comes to applying to college and private schools, the admission process is full of dates and deadlines that you need to meet. Missing these application deadlines might mean that you won't hear from your schools of choice when the admission decision dates roll around. Check out these 4 tips to help you stay on track to receive your decision ASAP.

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Topics: Applying to Private School

Picking the Best Private School: 6 Things to Consider

Posted by Stacy Jagodowski 12/4/2017

Choosing the right private school to attend can be a challenge. You want a great school with a great reputation, but you also want to make sure you choose a school where you can grow and thrive, one that meets all your needs. There are so many choices of schools and sometimes, it can feel like it’s impossible to pick the best private school for you. What do you do? Check out these 6 questions to ask yourself as you try to find the perfect school to attend.

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Topics: Applying to Private School

Switching Schools: 3 Reasons You Might Need to Transfer

Posted by Stacy Jagodowski 11/27/2017

When you don’t feel like you fit in at school, it can feel devastating, but there’s hope. Whether you simply need some tips on how to make friends, or you need to have a serious conversation about switching schools, you have options. Deciding that you need to switch schools is never an easy decision to make. But, for some students, finding a new school to attend is the only way to ensure they can be successful in middle school or high school. How do you know if change of school environment is the best solution? Consider these three reasons for switching schools and see if you might need to look at another option for school.

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Topics: Student Life

3 Simple Steps to Apply for Financial Aid

Posted by Stacy Jagodowski 11/20/2017

If you’ve ever thought about private school but weren’t sure you could afford it, you might be surprised to learn that private school budgets are designed to make it affordable for qualified students to attend. If private school is what your child needs to succeed, follow these 3 simple steps to apply for financial aid.  

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Topics: Scholarships & Financial Aid

How to Apply to Private School

Posted by Stacy Jagodowski 11/13/2017

Applying to private school can seem like a daunting experience if you’re new to the process and just getting started. There are deadlines to meet, requirements to fulfill, and appointments to make. It can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be! These quick private school application tips can help you easily break down the process into simple steps that will help you stay on track.

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Topics: Applying to Private School

Is it Time to Switch Schools? 3 Questions to Consider

Posted by Stacy Jagodowski 10/30/2017

Are you happy at your current school? If you are both properly challenged and properly supported in your learning experience, then chances are, you’ve found a great school for you. But if you’re not, it might be time to ask yourself if you’re attending the right school. Check out these three questions to ask yourself to determine if it might be time for you to switch schools.

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Topics: Academics

How to Handle Bullying at School

Posted by Stacy Jagodowski 10/16/2017

The sad truth is that for many children, bullying is an unfortunate experience that occurs at school. No one deserves to be bullied or have someone be mean to them, but believe it or not, 77 percent of school aged children are bullied in some manner, including mental, verbal and physical abuse. That statistic comes from the Ambassadors 4 Kids Club, which notes that 43 percent of students also report online abuse; this means that cyberbullying is on the rise.  


A safe and supportive environment is crucial to proper child development and a positive learning environment. If you think you or someone you know may be experiencing bullying at school, check out these tips on what you can do.

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Topics: Student Life

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