With the end of the school upon us, we’re about to send our annual note to AdmissionsQuest schools reminding them to ask students and parents to contribute reviews of their private school experiences.
Writing a school review in public forum is not the same as submitting a rant or screed about a perceived wrong or shortcoming. I can’t count the number of inappropriate, unpublishable comments that I have to reject every year. Schools like the rest of us are imperfect and work to improve…so, I offer these suggestions to help write a constructive private school review:
Write from a calm state
Anger and agitation lead to unreliable voice and tone.
Think about what you want your review to do/say
Positive? Critically constructive? Both? What do you want the reader to understand by reading your review?
Do not make the review personal
Do not attack, or blame, the institution, or particular individuals at the school. Do not claim that you have been wronged or mistreated. A shrill voice about being wronged by a school is difficult to believe. Your review is only one side of a given experience.
Make suggestions. If a situation didn’t work out perfectly, suggest how the situation might have worked better for all involved.
Useful and helpful
Write a review that might help another family better understand the school or help the school better understand itself. Share your praise. Let people know about a great experience. Remember your goal is to be read. Keep your voice calm and your thoughts clear.