Does your school host annual or seasonal community events? The Autumn Fair, Harvest Festival, Christmas Bazaar, Spring Carnival, Summer Picnic — the list goes on. For some schools, these events, while being acknowledged as fun, are perceived as problematic both in their organization, budgeting, and final approval (for things like fire safety, insurance, on-site security, and medical service, etc.).
Every school has their ideas on what would make the ideal candidate for admission. Differing requirements create a diverse set of interview questions for both prospective students and their families during the admissions process. There are, however, at least five questions that we believe are universally important to all schools.
Below you can find these questions and our explanation as to why you should ask them to every candidate. In our experience, a successful school admission’s operation knows the value and significance of even the simplest-looking questions:
A lot of people are used to thinking of school as a regular part of everyday life, an essential part of growing up that all people will go through, no matter what. This dulls the senses to the genuine and very fierce competition that exists in the world of education today. The desire for school choice, increasingly supported by public policy, is only growing more fervent, which means schools have to step up their game.
The key to succeeding in the ever-more cut-throat world of school admissions is to identify and promote your school’s unique selling proposition (USPs), a way to differentiate your school from others. This business term may be anathema to some educators who don’t regard their field as a business, but the reality is calling, making clear it needs to be heard.