Tips for the school application process

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Tips for the school application process

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When I think about the school interview and application tips, I would say several things to parents. Most schools today have websites. Public schools, private schools, independent schools all kinds of schools. Do your research first by looking at what the schools say about themselves. What do they say are their core values? What do they say in their mission statement? Does it sound like a place your child would be comfortable? And then don't listen to your friends who've had children in schools and have had bad experiences. Because that child experienced the school for themselves. Your child might have a completely different experience in that school. For the application process, think about not what you think the school wants to hear. Think about putting down on that application what you really want the school to know about your child that you think is important that they take into consideration once the child is accepted. Every parent wants to put their child in the best light on the application. But what we really want to know is how well you know your child, their strengths and their weaknesses, their foibles and the things about them that make them uniquely different from every other child. So take the time on the application to talk about what you love about your child and what you wish you could change. That will humanize you as a parent and let the school know that you could be a good partner to them. Because once you enter a school, and once you're accepted into a school, whether you're walking in the door of a public school and enrolling your child or applying to an independent child, you want the school to know that you're a partner who really understands that your child does have strengths and also weaknesses.

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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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