School Visits and Interviews

School visits and interviews are an integral part of applying to private school. Learn why it's important to visit and what to do if that is not possible. Explore school visit options like open houses and shadowing. Get valuable tips on a successful interview and learn what questions you should be asking.
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You have spent many hours selecting schools online. Some of the schools' web sites were so good that you almost felt as though you had explored every corner of their campuses. You watched videos of classes, sports and extracurricular activities. So, what more could you possibly need to know about the schools? After all you have identified three or four to which you want to apply. That's the next step in the process, right? Not exactly. The next step is for you to visit those three or four schools on your short list. You really have to set foot on each campus. By the way the schools will insist on meeting you and your child in person as well.

Here is an example of what I am talking about. This excellent video presents Shattuck-St. Mary's School in Faribault, Minnesota and its fine campus and programs in the best light possible. But you still need to visit the school and truly experience all it has to offer.
 
 
Visit schools on your short list
 
Don't skip visiting the schools on your short list. Why? Because you need to inspect the campuses yourself. It's like buying a house or renting an apartment. A web site and a video will not show you what you really need to see. Professionally done photo galleries and videos are no substitute for experiencing the school. All of those videos and photos are produced and positioned to present the school precisely as it . . .read more
Once you have agreed on a short list of schools to visit, you need to call and make arrangements for The Interview. Typically this will take place while you visit the school. What is involved?
 
Almost every school wants to meet candidates for admission. The admissions test scores, teacher, principal and extracurricular recommendations as well as the applicant's essay and parent's statement all offer a snap shot of an applicant at a particular time and place. The interview on the other hand gives the admissions staff a chance to fill in the missing elements and to assess the applicant's character.
 
Schedule well in advance.

Be sure to schedule your interview and school visit well in advance. This is not something you do on a Friday afternoon expecting to turn up the next day. There are only so many hours in a day with a correspondingly limited number of interview appointments. It is important to get your interview out of the way by the end of November if at all possible. Most applications need to be completed by the deadline, and that includes the interview.
 
What does the interview entail?

How long is the interview? Usually about 20 minutes. What will the admissions staff ask? The person who interviews you wants to get to know you. He already has an idea of who you are and what you have accomplished. He will be looking to  see what kind of a person you, how serious you are about your school work, what . . .read more
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