At the beginning of each school year, I sit in on as many classes as I can, across all grade levels and disciplines. Whether it is a group of new ninth graders, already comfortable enough with one another to passionately discuss and argue the meaning behind a Salinger short story, or a visual arts class in which students are listening to good music as they work with pastels, this yearly exercise never fails to remind me of the magic that happens daily in our classrooms.
At the end of each school year, after the incoming class has been enrolled, I enjoy talking to students across all grade levels about their experiences at College Prep. This is both instructive and fascinating for me as an admissions director. Themes emerge, and they are not necessarily the ones I expect. With this is mind, I thought I would document some of these conversations for the blog. I interviewed a random sampling of College Prep students and give them only two instructions: there are no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ answers and speak as honestly as possible.
I asked questions such as:
- What do you like most about College Prep?
- What do you like least about College Prep?
- What were you most nervous about before starting College Prep and how did it turn out?
- How would you describe the kids at College Prep?
- How hard is the work assigned/how much homework do you do on average?
- What has surprised you the most about College Prep?
The first video installment, from June 2009, is based on the first question: “What do you like most about College Prep?”