These days, it ain't easy getting into kindergarten.
At New York's most elite private schools, a child's chances of being
accepted can be as low as 10%. The New York Observer recently
estimated that 60-150 kids from private nursery schools didn't land a
kindergarten spot at all.
Scary, right? To calm you down, remember: many
parents, unlike you, didn't do their homework. And with all this
pent-up demand, the schools are bound to expand their kindergarten
places. (In fact, several new schools have recently opened.) Meanwhile:
Be realistic. The name-brand schools only
have so many spots. Your child, no matter what his gifts or your
connections, may not get into any one particular school.
Research more schools by starting with
Guide Private Schools Directory. Don't buy into
the designer-label theory of primary education; if your child is
destined to go to Harvard, he'll get there. The point now is to
find a place where he'll be happy and enjoy learning.
Consider applying earlier. Even if your
child's a toddler, it's not too early to research schools. Many
desirable schools begin in nursery. Sometimes, it's easier to
get in at this level. Since every nursery child is admitted to the
school's kindergarten, she'll be set.
Consider applying later. The city has
many good public elementary schools. Your child can go to public
school for a few years, and then transfer to private. Some schools expand
at the middle school and
high school levels. Ask admissions directors, and also keep in
touch about openings that arise through pupil attrition.
Do your homework. Every admissions
director likes to see a well-prepared parent. For your child's
sake and for the interview, make sure you know about the school and
why you believe your child will thrive there.
Finally, consider hiring an educational consultant. We've
counseled hundreds of other families so we have experience and
We can help you too.
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