Let's kick things off nice and easy. Just the basics...
What's your name (First and Last)?
What are the names of your parents (First and Last)?
What's the best phone number to reach you at?
What phone number is that?
What's the best email address to reach you at?
Is that email address your personal account or a parent's/guardian's account?
What's your home address?
What are your parents'/guardians' names?
What are your parents' email addresses?
What high school do you attend?
What do you hope to gain from participating in Dunce Academy? In other words, what do you want Dunce Academy to do for you?
Participating in Dunce Academy is a big commitment. Sometimes, you'll have to bring in stuff you've done at home (like looking into a particular career or researching a summer program). We are actually going to have a lot of fun, but also work hard on crafting the future you want. Are you willing to commit? Please explain.
We know that we won't be the only one's competing for your time. What other things occupy a lot of your time outside of the school day?
In addition to all the things you listed above, we know that homework plays a large part in many student's lives. How many hours per night do you usually spend on homework? How do you handle homework? Please explain.
Honors and AP classes usually have a larger work load.
Are you currently enrolled in any honors or AP classes? If so, which ones?
Are you planning on enrolling in honors or AP classes in the future? If so, how many per year?
Ok. Enough with the boring stuff... Onto to the meaty goodness.
Next, we want to hear about your interests and your dreams. We also threw in some zany questions to get a better picture of how you think and who you are. Remember... there are no wrong answers. We promise.
How are you like Jimmy Page?
Which dunce do you identify most with?
Why did you choose that dunce?
What's your favorite smell? Please explain.
When you were a little kid, what did you want to be when you "grew up"? Please explain the little kid logic behind that choice.
What are you thinking about now in terms of careers?
If you could take a weekend and do anything, what would you do?
How do you usually spend your weekends?
Think of a project you've always wanted to take on. This could be any type of project in any field (music, rock climbing, wood working, literature, biology).
Why do you want to do this?
What's holding you back from doing this?
What's one step that you could do now to get closer to working on this project?
What are you passionate about?
Do you like to debate? If so, who do you like to debate with and what topics do you like to discuss?
What have people always said you were good at? Do you agree? What do you think are your strengths?
What are three words that you think best describe you? Please explain.
Do you often ask others to help you? Please explain.
We all deal with stress. What stresses you out? What do you do to handle the stress when it hits you?
We all have people that we look up to. Who are a few specific people you admire? Please explain.
Excellent! We're getting a clearer image of what you're all about. Now, we want to ask you about your education. We love talking about education. We can't wait to learn about your experience.
Be brutally honest. We all have different experiences with education. That's how it is. Let us know what's up. We promise not to tell your teachers :-) In fact, federal law kind of prohibits us from doing that so... let it all hang out!
Describe your school situation.
Describe yourself as a learner.
What challenges do you face in your education?
Who is/was your favorite teacher, coach, club leader, or mentor? What makes that person so wonderful?
Who is/was your least favorite teacher, coach, club leader, or mentor? What didn't work?
If you could design a class, what would it be like?
If you weren't doing school all day, what would you do instead?
Do you think you'll continue onto college right after high school? If so, what are your goals for college and what do you want your college experience to look like? If not, what do you hope to do directly after high school?
Before you get your post-graduation plans, you have to get to graduation! You still have a few years... What are your goals before you graduate? How do you want to grow (as a student, as a person, as an athlete if you're an athlete, and as all the other things that are part of who you are)?
Woo hoo! Good job! You've made it to the last question. We have a little treat for you: We want to go watch a video. This one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDZFcDGpL4U .
After you've watched the talk by Ken Robinson, write your thoughts below. Please explain - give us a meaty paragraph or a couple of short paragraphs or go on a tirade if you wish. We love tirades.
Thank you! We really look forward to reading your answers.
We know that some people express themselves better in person than on paper. To make sure that we get to know everyone well, we want to invite you and your parents in to our office for a short (45 minute) two-way interview. This will likely be a casual, two-way conversation to see if we're a good fit and to make sure that Dunce Academy is going to be the right thing to help you achieve your goals.
After submitting this application, please visit https://dunce.youcanbook.me to reserve a meeting time. (Copy and paste this link into a new window before you submit your application.)
Thanks again for taking the time to complete this application. We'll see you soon!