When you make the decision to send your child to a private high school, the application process can be daunting. After all, not only is there the written application, but there's also an interview to get through as well as testing for some schools. Here are a few tips to help your child prepare for the admissions interview to have the best chance of acceptance.
Review the Basics Together
Before your child goes into the interview, he or she should have some basic information about the school. This is often obtained through some detailed pre-interview research about the school and the extra-curricular options that it offers.
Your child should have a solid understanding of the types of clubs and programs that he or she may be able to take advantage of. Additionally, many high school students are asked about their interests, current events and other social responsibility questions as part of their interview. Make sure that your child understands how important it is to be honest, articulate and forthcoming with answers.
You'll also want to look into the school history and provide your child with some details about how the school was established and other notable moments in the school's history. This allows him or her to have a educated conversation about the school, showing an interest in the establishment and increasing the chances of acceptance to the school.
The more information your child has, the better prepared he or she will be for the interview. For example, if the school has notable success in its drama program or a specific sports team, you should know about those things so that your child can reference them in conversation.
Know the Dress Code
Since most every private school has a specific dress code, you should familiarize yourself with what it is. That way, your child can arrive dressed appropriately for the interview. For example, a school with a dress code requiring formal attire isn't going to be receptive to a prospective student who shows up for the interview wearing jeans and a worn-out t-shirt. Aim for an outfit that is as close to the dress code regulations as possible for the interview and any subsequent meetings at the school.
The private school interview provides you with an opportunity to evaluate the private high schools in your area as much as the school is evaluating your child's fit. Consider that carefully as you determine whether the school is the best fit for your child's academic future.
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