OpenApply Admissions Conference "The Admissions Experience"

Hosted at the American School of Milan
Via Karl Marx, 14,
20090 Noverasco di Opera MI,

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Friday, March 29

9:15am PDT

Admissions at the Crossroads of School Culture
There is a defining opportunity at international schools to create the culture of the future through each admission application, admitted student and family, as well as the cultural experiences and competencies each applicant and family bring to a school.  While the common understanding is that a school’s culture is defined by its Mission Statement, academic programs, demographics, and/or extracurricular offerings, we would be remiss to forget that schools are populated by individuals and groups who will ultimately determine the course and culture of the school through their active or inactive participation.
This leaves Admissions Directors and their staffs at the crossroads of competing interests, both internally and externally, as families jockey for admission to international schools, while addressing the internal interests of admitting the “right” student(s). Admissions Directors and their staffs are so often caught in the middle between competing interests of applicants while balancing the fundamental interests of the school in academics, finance, culture, philosophy and advancement, just to name a few. This discussion will focus on why Admissions Directors and staff are so critical to the futures and cultures of their respective schools, the balancing acts they face and why defining the culture of admissions should be a part of any strategic conversation at international schools.

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Michael Smith

Director, American School of Valencia
Michael L. Smith is serving in his sixth year as the Director of the American School of Valencia, an international school with 850 students from 44 countries, after serving as a Head of School in Barcelona, Spain and Naples, Florida. Smith has made international education his profession... Read More →

Friday March 29, 2019 9:15am - 10:00am PDT

10:00am PDT

Admissions & Inclusion
Anyone involved in admissions and support services will have noticed the changing admissions landscape with increasing numbers of applications coming from students with additional learning needs, either EAL or Learning Support. From her dual perspective as a learning support specialist who has also been a Director of Admissions, Sandra Helmig will explore ways to enable Admissions Offices to be able to acquire the relevant information those schools with an inclusive mission need in order to make 'best fit' admissions decisions. In her work, Sandra continues to navigate that grey area between operations and education, which have complementary but also at times clashing functions. Rather than providing 'the answer', Sandra will provide some first-hand insights and tested interventions which schools can adapt to their context to ensure their inclusive mission is achieved.

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Sandra Helmig

High School Learning Support Teacher, Inter-Community School Zurich
Sandra is currently in her second year as a  High School Learning Support teacher at the Inter-Community School, Zürich, where she just completed a project on management in admissions. Previous to this she worked for six years as the Director of Admissions at NIST International... Read More →

Friday March 29, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am PDT

11:20am PDT

The ISB Experience Room After 1 Year: Lessons Learned
It has now been a little over one year since the International School of Brussels' Admissions Team inaugurated its ISB Experience Room for prospective families. The interactive meeting room models the kind of teaching and learning going on at ISB, gives voice to all family members and enables Admissions Officers to customize conversations and tours based on what is most important for the families when they are looking for an International School. Robin Berting and Sara Sulaimani will share their reflections on the project after its first year based on both concrete data and anecdotes. Participants will also be encouraged to consider how they might remodel admissions interviews and tours at their own schools by looking at them from a fresh new angle. 

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Sara Sulaimani

Admissions Officer, International School of Brussels
Sara is in her 10th year as the Admissions Officer at the International School of Brussels. She attended ISB as a student, then university in the US before starting her career as an Art Producer for a large advertising agency in Los Angeles. She transferred with the agency back to... Read More →
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Robin Berting

Admissions Manager, International School of Brussels
Robin Berting has been Admissions Manager at the International School of Brussels since 2014. He had previously worked in schools in Spain, South Korea and Canada - first as a teacher and then in admissions.  Robin has presented at admissions conferences and/or has written articles... Read More →

Friday March 29, 2019 11:20am - 12:10pm PDT

3:10pm PDT

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Jessica Fortin

Admissions Director, International Community School of Addis Ababa
As Admissions Director at the International Community School of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Jess has experienced the excitement and challenges of an ever-changing school. Over her 12 years at ICS, the school has more than doubled in size, as the country develops and the reputation of the... Read More →

Friday March 29, 2019 3:10pm - 4:10pm PDT
Saturday, March 30

9:15am PDT

ASM & OpenApply
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Sara Griffith

Director of Admissions and Advancement, American School of Milan
Sara Griffith is responsible for admissions at ASM and joined ASM at the start of the 2011/12 academic year. She grew up in the Boston area but now calls Milan her home. She received a Masters of International Business Studies from the University of South Carolina, Columbia and holds... Read More →

Saturday March 30, 2019 9:15am - 9:45am PDT

9:55am PDT

Admissions Experience & Data Privacy/Protection
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Miguel Martinez Hernando

Admissions Coordinator / Data Protection Officer, Benjamin Franklin International School
Currently working as Admissions Coordinator at Benjamin Franklin International School (BFIS), considered one of the best international schools in Spain offering American education and the IBDP to students from over 51 different nationalities. Besides my job at BFIS, I'm also an Attorney... Read More →

Saturday March 30, 2019 9:55am - 10:45am PDT

11:00am PDT

Factors Affecting Enrolment Growth
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Claudine Hakim

Head of Admissions & Transitions, International School of London
Claudine Hakim is Head of Admissions, Transitions and External Relations at the International School of London (ISL) UK schools. She was the founding Head of Secondary at ISL Surrey and leader of the award winning Crossroads Transitions programme. Claudine also leads the Student Support... Read More →

Saturday March 30, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am PDT