Rye Country Day School styles its candidate statement the Student Questionnaire. The school is very clear that "THIS FORM TO BE COMPLETED BY THE STUDENT ONLY." Their Student Questionnaire is detailed. The school uses it for students applying to Grades 5 through 12. Personally, I would think that younger students will need more time to complete the form than older students. The first page has six questions which require thoughtful answers, as well as a second page which asks about Academic Interests and Current Course Schedule, Co-Curricular Interests, and Athletic Interests. While you must not help your child complete this Student Questionnaire, you can print out a copy of the form and instruct her to write her answers without worrying about penmanship or grammatical mistakes. Tell her to put the questionnaire aside for twenty-four hours, then review it. Once she is satisfied with the content, she can write a neat, final or fair copy to include with the rest of the documents in the application.
Forsyth Country Day School also calls its Candidate's Statement a questionnaire and is quite specific about how the answers must be written. The schools uses this document for applicants to fifth grade through twelfth grade.
"Print the Essay Questions and Student Questionnaire and have the student complete them in his/her own handwriting."
As I have suggested several times, print out forms similar to these and have your child complete a rough draft. Then have her make a fair copy of the document to submit to the school.
Denver Academy uses a Student Video instead of a Candidate's Statement for applicants to its Upper School (high school). Here are the Academy's instructions:
Student Video Submission (Optional for Applicants to Grades 6-12)
To the applicant: Please prepare a short video about yourself, and address one of the prompts below. The Admission Committee prefers a video that is less than two minutes and under 200 megabytes. Thank you, and have fun!
- Share a story about an act of kindness or an act of courage that you have witnessed sometime in the last year.
- Tell us how a friend, classmate, sibling, grandparent or cousin would describe your personality and what they most value about you as a person.
- Demonstrate a special talent or skill of which you are proud.
Once again, encourage your child to make a rough cut of the video. She can then tweak and refine it as she chooses. Of course, the video must be her own work. So, forget having your cousin Bill the professional photographer do the video. The school will know if a video or statement is not your child's handiwork.