Last week I spent time talking with eighth graders at three East Bay middle schools. I visit about 20 middle schools in a typical admission season, and in addition to talking about the programs and people at College Prep, I also offer the students some general guidance about the high school application process.
I recommend that each eighth grader visit all of the high schools that he or she is interested in. On a high school visit, observing how the students interact with one another and the faculty, visiting classes, and getting a sense of the physical campus all provide valuable information to evaluate a school. Less scientific and more visceral reactions may also emerge, leading the student to think, “This is the right place for me!” or “This isn’t a great fit for me.”
I recommend visiting classes in subjects near and dear to the applicant’s heart. Whether you have a passion for math, music, literature, history, or dance, see what you love!
This is all a preamble to discussing our arts program. You are forgiven if the Arts are not the first thing you think about when it comes to College Prep. Lots of people know about our amazing academic program, but our offerings in Dance, Drama, Music, and Visual Arts help balance a well-rounded curriculum. If you are an eighth grader with a love for the Arts, be sure to request a visit to one of the fantastic classes and check out a performance or two in the coming months. I hope the video below whets your appetite for the Arts at College Prep!