It’s that time of year again: admissions season – when parents analyze their options for kindergarten, middle school and high school. By all accounts it’s an exhausting process that involves compiling spreadsheets, writing applications and sourcing recommendations. So what advice does Head-Royce’s Director of Admissions, Christian Donovan, have for parents?
Tip 1: Visit schools: “Make sure you visit schools to ensure it’s the right fit,” Donovan says. “Make sure you understand the school’s mission and that it aligns with your values and educational roadmap as that will guide your student’s experience every day.”
Tip 2: Ask for references Ask friends and colleagues, who have children at the school, their impressions. If you don’t know anyone, ask the school to provide a parent reference list.
Tip 3: Study the curriculum Check to see if the school has the breadth of classes and programs that most interest you and your family. For example, do you want world language options, fine arts, athletics?
Tip 4: Be yourself Be yourself in the admissions process. This goes for parents and students. Schools truly want to get to know your family.
Tip 5: Talk to teachers Chat with teachers at the school to ensure that their goals align with yours.
Head-Royce is a nationally recognized, K-12 independent school nestled in the Oakland Hills. Its mission is to inspire a lifelong love of learning with a focus on scholarship, diversity, and citizenship.
Last month, Head-Royce announced that Crystal M. Land would be its new Head of School. The appointment comes at a time when the school is building momentum to launch its five-year strategic plan – a plan which promises to further refine excellence in teaching, wellness, civic engagement and access and inclusion. Land was a key architect in designing the plan.
“I am thrilled and honored to become the Head of School at Head-Royce. This is an exceptional place of learning and I feel privileged to advance our mission,” Land says. “Our curriculum reflects the diversity, globalism and innovation of the Bay Area. At our heart, we are a community of passionate educators, all sharing a deep commitment to creating learners who will be prepared to lead with joy and compassion.”
With a successful athletic program, a robust performing-arts program, several offerings in STEM education, and world language classes beginning in kindergarten, Head-Royce continues to stand out as one of the top schools in both the East Bay and the broader Bay Area.
Head-Royce has a number of open houses and tours at this time of year so families can get a real feel for what makes the School distinctive. Find out what the future holds for this school with deep roots in Oakland. Visit headroyce.org/admissions to schedule a tour today.