Parent interview tips for private school

Sandy Eiges, MA Education Consultant, shares advice for parents on how to have the best possible interview for your child's private school application process
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Parent interview tips for private school

Some tips for interviewing at private school. First of all, be yourself. It's not a job interview. They are not there to trick you or trip you up on your answers. Be authentic in talking about your child. This is not the time to be modest about your child, it is a time to be the parents who are the proud parents of your child. Tell them all about yourselves. Tell them about your child. Be engaging. Be authentic. You don't have to dress how you don't normally dress. The more you engage in an interview as if it were just a conversation, the more successful that interview will actually be. They are looking for parents who are going to be comfortable at their school, and who will be part of the school family. Jump in, be enthusiastic, let the interviewer speak, and try to answer their questions to the best of your ability. You don't need to sell your child, just be authentic.

Sandy Eiges, MA Education Consultant, shares advice for parents on how to have the best possible interview for your child's private school application process


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Sandy Eiges, MA

Education Consultant

Originally from New York, Sandy Eiges holds a master's degree in Social Work, and has worked in and around education her entire professional career. She has served as executive director for Save the Children's field office in Jerusalem, where she created and published a cultural diversity curriculum for grades 5-9. This curriculum was subsequently adopted by the Israel Ministry of Education. She also served on the executive board of UNICEF in Israel and created and ran after-school programs for latch-key children. She was, at one time, a charter school developer for a start-up Reggio-inspired K-8 school. Sandy was also the charter school developer for YouthBuild Charter School of California, a high school diploma program for out of school/out of work youth, located in Watts, East Los Angeles and El Monte; for which she also served as interim principal. She has a child who attended a Reggio-inspired preschool and who now attends a project-based elementary school. Inspired by her own quest for the right schools for her daughter, and her extensive research into schools in Los Angeles, Sandy started L.A. School Scout LLC. For the past six years she has helped families looking for the right fit in preschools, elementary schools, middle and high schools for their children.

When she’s not helping families find the school that’s right for them, she’s enjoying time at home with her relentlessly curious and brilliantly creative daughter, who is a constant inspiration for the hopes, dreams and ideas that drive her life. LA School Scout helps families make informed and thoughtful choices about the schools that will best suit them. Our mission is to promote, encourage and applaud children's enthusiasm for school and learning; take the mystery and anxiety out of the school finding process for parents; and provide families with comprehensive information on all of their educational choices.

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