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Old 03-11-2012, 04:03 PM
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Why do you want to work at this school?

I am filling out applications for 2 private schools both of which on the applications ask why do you want to work at ___ school? I've heard great things about both schools from teachers I work with that have kids at those schools, although I don't know much about the schools and frankly I'll apply to almost anywhere I see a job as I really need a full time job. Although this might be a general statement and not specific to their school, I thought about putting something in my answer about desiring to work at private schools which I feel are a nurturing environment and how at private schools you are able to really get to know your students and give them more individual attention. Any other thoughts? Should I search their website for info to put down of why I want to work at their school?
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Old 03-11-2012, 04:26 PM
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I would do a search of their website, especially their mission statement to help you frame a response to this question. Also, are these schools in the community in which you live? This can be a reason for wanting to work there as well.
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Old 03-11-2012, 05:44 PM
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Yes both private schools are in the community that i live and within 5 minutes of the preschool where I work now
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Old 03-11-2012, 05:51 PM
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I would also include the positives from the parents and the positives that the school does in the community.
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Old 03-11-2012, 05:53 PM
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I agree with Mopar. Spend some time on their websites to see what the school stand for, and what their goals are. Really explore their sites to get a good idea of what each school offers, and what each school is like. That should help you to find out more bout them.
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Old 03-12-2012, 03:28 AM
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We read so many posts from teachers about bad administrations, scripted curriculums, and a host of other factors which make a school a bad fit.

I think it's really worth the time to do the homework, and find reasons why you do want to work in that particular school.
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Old 03-12-2012, 07:56 AM
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You're on the right track if you follow the previous posters. If you mention your proximity, I wouldn't say, "It's a short commute." Instead, talk about how you value the schools as a part of your community and would love to join one or the other on a teaching level. Something like that might do the trick.
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Old 03-13-2012, 10:41 PM
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Both schools don't have a whole lot on their websites. There's a mission statement, and a bit about what is taught but not a lot. Both have small class sizes (no more than 18 students) and are christian schools, so I could definitely write about how i prefer working in small, christian schools that offer a nurturing environment while also having strong academics.
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Old 03-14-2012, 03:47 AM
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Look carefullly at the mission statements.

And google both school names. See what awards they've won, what news they've made in the community.
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