Monday, October 3, 2011

10th Grade College Night Snapshot

A couple weeks ago we had 10th grade college night at Casady.

This year we did this event with both parents and students.

We brought in Peter Van Buskirk, former Dean of Admission and author.

Mr. Buskirk did his 2-hour College Admission Game workshop.

Our hope was that our 10th grade students would be energized by the event to keep going hard and avoid the "sophomore slump".

Mr. Buskirk focused on the "big picture" in the first hour. Both the big picture of the college admission landscape. And the big picture of aiming for the "best college fit".

The second hour was comprised of mock admission simulation. Mr. Buskirk took his committee of almost 100 students and parents through 4 student applications. They discussed the strengths and weaknesses, possible "hooks" and possible hurdles. In the end, the committee made a decision on who to admit to their selective liberal arts college.

Here is a video snapshot from the mock admission discussion.