Maranatha to Present Series on Preparing for Private High School

Dan Bodwell, Teby Wammack, and Tammy Huang-Anacleto. Photo courtesy Maranatha High School

Maranatha High School staff are giving back to the community by presenting three seminars for families considering private high school. Dan Bodwell, Associate Director of Admissions at Maranatha says, “There is a host of information available on the college application process. With so many high schools in our area, we wanted to offer this type of resource for families contemplating the private high school option as well.”

Students in 6-8th grades are invited to the Pasadena Hastings Branch Library for three seminars focusing on the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE), the private high school interview, and preparing for high school life. Seminars will cover topics relevant to students and parents considering both private independent and faith-based schools and will include additional resources for future assistance or questions.

“Preparing for the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE)” will be held on January 15, from 7:00-8:15 p.m. Mr. Dan Bodwell, ISEE Test Site Administrator, will give a detailed overview of the ISEE exam: format, question types, ways to prepare, and admissions requirements. Families will gain an understanding about how schools weigh the ISEE as part of admissions.

“Preparing for the Interview” will be held on January 29, from 7:00 -8:15 p.m. Mrs. Tammy Huang-Anacleto, High School Counselor and Founder of College Launch, will introduce sample interview questions to consider as well as interview prep tips. Families will also experience a mini mock interview: practicing effective introductions, expressing school fit, and voicing their interests in the school of their choice.

“Preparing for High School Life” will be held on February 5, from 7:00 -8:15 p.m. Ms. Teby Wammack, High School Counselor, will share about the different aspects of high school life from emotional, social, and academic perspectives. Highlights will include ways to engage in extra-curricular activities, handling teacher expectations, and ways to deal with social challenges.

Pasadena Hastings Branch Library, 3325 E. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena, (626) 744-7262.

Maranatha High School, 169 S. St. John Avenue, Pasadena, (626) 817-4000 or visit




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