In addition to the application materials mentioned below, the admissions committee is also looking for evidence that the applicant is genuinely interested in learning, reading, and other intellectual pursuits. In the interview, they may ask your child about what he or she reads or what they like to study in school. The answer is not as important as the genuine interest the child shows in learning—inside and outside of school. If the child has a compelling interest, he or she should be prepared to speak about it in the interview and to explain why it means something to them.
In the instance that a student is underperforming at his or her current school, explanations of why are always helpful, and what the candidate needs to excel. Being able to articulate where a learning environment is lacking is helpful to the admission committees. If the child is in this position, you may consider asking to reclassify the child, meaning repeat a grade, as often our rigorous academics can be challenging for students who are underprepared.
If reclassification isn't right, you might also inquire about academic support programs, where students work closely with a qualified educator who can help him or her learn how to capitalize on strengths and develop coping mechanisms and strategies for areas that aren't as strong