How to have successful school application interview

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How to have successful school application interview

For the school interview, I'd give the following advice to parents. Read the website and the literature about the school. Nothing's more irritating in that short amount of time that that interviewer has to spend with you than explaining or describing things that are already fully described in the material that's available. Second, think about the 2-3 unique questions with your child that you'd really like to get answers to in the school. And last, be yourselves. Don't repeat back verbatim what the view book or the website says. Don't take the core values of the school and embrace them as your own. You want to be comfortable with the core values. But hopefully you have a set of core values of your own. And lastly, let the interviewer see your humor. Let them understand what you absolutely adore about your child. But also let them know what frustrates you about your child. Because sooner or later in that partnership, they're going to see it.

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Now starting her forty-second year, Reveta Bowers is the Head of School at The Center for Early Education, an urban pre-school through 6th grade Los Angeles independent school with 538 students. Devoted to children and education, Ms. Bowers served and has served on a number of boards. She is currently on Board of Overseers of the UCLA Healthcare System, on the founding board of the African American Board Leadership Institute and the board of the FEDCO Charitable Foundation. She just completed serving as Chair Emeritus of the Board of Directors of the California Community Foundation. A past president and former secretary of The Educational Records Bureau Board, Reveta Bowers was also a member of the Advisory Board to the Klingenstein Center at Teacher’s College for ten years. She served as an outside director on the Board of Directors of the Walt Disney Company for ten years and is a former member of the Harvard-Westlake, Brentwood and Windward School boards. Reveta was on the Council for Spiritual and Ethical Education board, and the boards of the National Association of Principals of Schools for Girls and the Country Day Headmaster’s Association. She served as a trustee and treasurer of the NAIS Board, and as past president of the California Association of Independent Schools. For the past thirteen years she has also been on the faculty of the NAIS Institute for New Heads where she serves as the Lead Faculty member. One of her proudest career moments was receiving the NAIS Diversity Leadership Award in 2009. She has had a long and rewarding career in independent schools and finds her work with organizations supporting education, students, parents, community and Board work to be continually inspiring.

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