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How to Prepare a Shy Student for the Private School Admission Interview
Margaret Shoemaker, Ed.D. & Sarah Jallo

On our last admission blog post “Top 2 Tips from a Private School Admission Officer,” we received the following comment from a reader:

I’d love your insights on how to help a slow-to-warm/”shy” child with their interview process and your experience with students who are more introverted at first.

We love and value the introverts on our campus! In fact, we hear from parents that one of our strengths is making space for quiet students in classrooms and in leadership positions. We are sensitive to the challenges interviews can pose for those who are quiet, and our interviewers work to make all students at ease and to bring them into the conversation.

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women in the workplace
Elizabeth J. McGregor

The recent release of McKinsey & Company and Leanin.org’s 7th Women in the Workplace report caught my eye as we begin work on the fourth priority area of our 2020-2025 Strategic Plan, student leadership and agency. Though progress continues, women are still underrepresented in leadership positions and representation decreases with each rung of the corporate ladder, especially for women of color. The report also touches on the changing nature of the roles women are increasingly taking on at work, labor important to outcomes including employee support and diversity, equity, and inclusion, which is not being formally recognized.

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Welcome to Westridge Admission
Sarah Jallo

Getting ready to apply to a new school can seem daunting and full of unknowns. You may be asking yourself questions such as, “What do I need to do to prepare my child? What is my first step? What should I be looking for in a school? What are schools looking for in my child? How do I know if the school is the right one?” Those are all great questions that I want to answer for you!

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Head of School Elizabeth J. McGregor on the Importance of Interdependence (Remarks from Convocation 2021)
Westridge School

We were thrilled to have our students back with us on campus for the start of our 2021-2022 school year on August 25, 2021. It was an especially poignant day to witness students walking into their classrooms after having started last school year in remote learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Although our annual Convocation ceremony was held virtually as we limit visitors on campus and the size of student gatherings during this period of high COVID transmission in our area, we were together both physically and digitally—students watched the ceremony in small groups across campus and parents joined us online.

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Resources for Parents

Here are some of the resources we draw from as educators, which may also be helpful for you and your daughters!

Please note: Some of the resources, particularly the websites, update continuously and we are in no way encouraging or endorsing their content in its entirety. Some may contain material or subject matter not suitable for younger children. Please use your discretion when viewing.