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THE KINGSLEY TIMES

Next School Placement: Mock Interviews

Nov 11, 2020 12:25:45 PM / by Doug DeMaio

At Kingsley, we take pride in our comprehensive, supportive, and effective nexts school placement process.

Next School Placement Process

We work closely with each individual student, and each prospective next school, to assure that our students will be confident, comfortable, and successful, even beyond the walls of Kingsley.

There are many aspects to this process—from counseling and research, to test preparation, to our mock interview process, and more. Nearly all of the schools that our students apply to require some form of candidate interview. We feel that these interviews are not only an important part of the next school selection process, but also a great opportunity to hone a skill that will be useful throughout our students' lives. That is why we feel it's important to give these students ample opportunity to practice these skills.

Sixth Grade Mock Interviews

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As part of our Next Schools counseling process, sixth graders prepare for their upcoming admissions interviews by participating in mock interviews with Kingsley faculty and staff. Throughout the fall, our senior students sit down for three conversations with faculty and staff members (this year, via Zoom), exploring questions about their strengths, growth areas, interests, learning styles, and more. We are careful to partner students with faculty and staff members who they don't interact with regularly, so that they can lean into the feeling of talking to someone new, openly and honestly.

Conducting a Mock Interview

The process of conducting a mock interview is fun and rewarding. It's a great opportunity to get to know our students on a deeper level before they graduate, and it feels great to watch our students become more comfortable and confident as the process goes on.

One Kingsley staff member who volunteered for this program had this to say about the experience, “These articulate, self-possessed, and capable young people are the most powerful evidence of the Kingsley program. Their genuine interest in ideas and people, their relative lack of self-consciousness… are just a few examples of what makes the Kingsley education so special.”

Students and faculty alike relish this opportunity to connect, practice, and develop a useful, lifelong skill. 

Doug DeMaio

Written by Doug DeMaio

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