An admission interview is not just for the school to learn about you, it’s also the time for you to learn about the school. What many people don’t realize about the boarding school admission interview is that it’s actually a conversation. That doesn’t sound so bad, does it?
Asking questions at your interview is a great way to demonstrate your interest, thoughtfulness, and that you take your own education seriously. Below are five questions that may help you to learn more about the school you’re applying to, and more importantly, whether or not you can see yourself as a student there.
1. What does a typical class look like?
Learning about curriculum and class dynamics
can be vital when determining if a school is a good fit for you. Ask about typical class sizes and if classes are discussion-based or lecture-based. Do students sit in a circle or in rows? These types of questions will show that you understand your learning style and what works best for you.
2. What are some programs offered here that I might not find anywhere else?
Ask your interviewer about the students who are involved in these unique programs. See if you can learn more about how these programs might better prepare you for college.
3. What activities do students participate in on the weekends?
This could be your home for the next four years, so weekend experiences are important
. Find out if students stay on campus and hang out with friends, or if they leave campus. Does the school offer weekend trips? How much freedom do students have to leave campus? Your down-time is an important part of life, so take the time to consider what a life outside of the classroom might look like.
4. What extracurricular activities do you offer?
As a full-time boarding school student, you’re going to have free time in the evenings and during weekends. You can’t work all the time, so you’ll need to know that there’s enough to keep you occupied in your downtime. Interested in music and art? Ask about the school’s music and arts programs. Want to play a sport? Ask about the school’s athletics. At The Kiski School, for example, we are able to cater to all of our students interests
from athletics and art to music and creative writing.
5. Are there any faculty members who I can contact with further questions?
It’s always a good idea to ask for contact information of people who could offer first-hand information about classes and student life. Developing a list of contacts at the school you are applying will build connections and paint a more vivid picture of the school atmosphere.
Have more specific questions based on your interests and goals? Don’t be afraid to ask them! Doing so will demonstrate that you care about your future, that you are inquisitive, and that you are mature enough to weigh the pros and cons of attending a boarding school. You can learn more about The Kiski School by visiting our website, scheduling a visit, or attending one of our open houses.