Using virtual town meetings, Westover School’s invitation to their accepted family town meetings landed in my inbox yesterday.
Westover has removed the physical barrier in an effort to help families make their best decisions around school fit.
You no longer need to travel to ask a final round of questions/make one last connection with a school.
Enter the virtual town meeting
The traditional admission season is over. Decisions are out and we’ve entered the month (15 March-15 April) during which families work to get a final feel for possible schools and decide which school best fits their student.
This evaluation period has always included accepted student parents talking with current parents; accepted students talking with current students; second visits to schools; maybe an overnight at a school; all in effort to find which school best fits the new accepted student.
Back in the day, we used the phone and met-up with local families whose kids were already students at the given school.
Travel/distance has always been a historical glitch in this direct contact model, though. Politely put, it ain’t easy to hop on a plane for a second visit to a school if you live across the county.
Even if a school wants to connect an accepted family locally, there may not be a local family or alumnus available.
I also like the fact that they’ve segmented their audience creating an adult and a student presentation.
Disclaimer: I’m sure Westover isn’t the only school using the virtual town hall concept. They just happened to arrive first in my inbox. If you’re using a virtual meeting as part of your efforts to help families reach school decisions. By all means, leave us a comment.