One San Jose private school has come up with a unique solution: The Harker School, self-described as “one of the nation’s top college prep schools,” is putting teams of sixth grade applicants through a virtual escape room. Over a Zoom call, the 11-year-olds work together to solve a series of Harker-themed puzzles, and admissions officers observe their behavior.
The idea of using an escape room to evaluate prospective students is an ok idea, but not enough for me to share the article. What I found that was really cool was this:
There are also some Easter eggs built into the game that can help differentiate students with sophisticated knowledge. One of the locker combinations was “24601” — “Ah, Les Mis,” I remarked upon discovery. That’s apparently something Harker is watching for. “It’s a way to help the staff … get a feel for how broad an applicant’s experience is,” Warner says.
As a fan of the Marvel, I love Easter Eggs. As a fan of schools though, this shows that students can have the knowledge and skills to complete a task, but still not understand everything in the task.