Thanks so much to Jenny Anderson of The New York Times and Sophia Hollander of The Wall Street Journal for finally publishing two articles about the private school admissions numbers we’ve been waiting for.  Anecdotally, Manhattan and Brooklyn families and nursery schools reported the worst year ever to get into elite private school kindergarten.  Now Anderson proves that the numbers back this claim up.

Number of ERB test takers is the best measure available to the public to measure levels of competition.  While in 2011-2012 ERB test takers only rose by about 1 1/2 %, this follows the year before where levels rose almost 8%.  All in all, there were approximately 4,000 kids applying to private school kindergarten, a huge percentage of which were trying for Dalton, Collegiate, Brearley, Trinity, and whatever elite school is your favorite.