Our admissions interviews are a great way to see a student’s excitement and enthusiasm
about Blyth-Templeton Academy.
At this time, you have already toured the school, learned more about BTA, and worked on recommendations. This is a chance for the school to now really get to know you- and who you are!
At our Nashville campus, we asked students to bring something they were proud of or passionate about; it was incredible to hear prospective students' stories and see them shine. Students brought everything from medals for a sport to a book full of drawings to an actual family pet!
After conducting over thirty interviews last month as part of our early admissions process here in Nashville, here are some tips to help you feel ready for the interview and a look at the steps for the interview process.
Tips for Your BTA Interview
- Dress in clothes that are comfortable for you. Whether that’s your favorite t-shirt or a dress, we want you and your parents to feel like you can be yourselves throughout the interview process.
- Be confident in who you are. It is awesome to see students who can talk about a passion in politics, explain how their favorite teacher makes books come to life, and share about their own experiences.
- Bring your best ideas. During the interview, we may ask you to dream big, think outside the box, or embrace a challenge. We want to hear your authentic answers when we ask about what you would do with unlimited money or an injustice you may want to right.
- Create the BTA community. All of our students talk about what they love about the school whether it is excursions in the city or the inclusive environment. Let us know what you are hoping to get involved with or contribute to if you join BTA.
Walking You Through the BTA Admissions Interview
Step One: Arrival and Greeting
Arrive as a family in clothes you feel comfortable in. Students are then escorted to meet with the interviewer while parents wait.
Step Two: Show and Tell (in Nashville)
Each student should bring something that they are either proud of or passionate about, whether it’s a medal for a competitive gymnast, a paper for a history class, a baseball to represent the love of a sport, a test for a math exam. Whatever the object is, the student should be able to talk about why they love it.
The interviewers may ask a question or two. This activity helps us gauge the student’s perceptions and attitudes with regard to learning.
Step Three: The Interview-Student Portion
The interview is done in a circle so that the student can better see/ relate to the interviewers. For students in grades 4- 8, we will play a game of choice with the student while also casually talking and getting to know the student.
During this time, we also discuss our school's key values of kindness, curiosity, and growth so that we can better understand the student’s story.
Step Four: The Interview-Parent Portion
We are not just starting a school. Rather, we are building a community. We will talk about what it means to be a founding family at Blyth Templeton Academy.
We will also be able to answer any questions you may have.
Step Five: Family Debrief
Lastly, meet as an entire family and interview team to go over the decision process, key dates, and more.
Congratulations! You have finished your interview and are one step closer to becoming a student at Blyth-Templeton Academy!
Want to learn more about how you can join our inclusive, experiential learning community? Check out our comprehensive guide to applying today!