ISAAGNY's (Independent School Admission Association of Greater New York's) website clearly states:
First Choice Letters
ISAAGNY does not encourage formal expressions of first choice.
ISAAGNY may not now officially "encourage" first choice letters, but many individual Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Riverdale private schools still do. This year, as always, first choice letters or verbal commitments are often de rigueur. Private schools want to predict their yield--the number of accepted students who will actually enroll. First choice letters give them a key insight.
Many preschool directors are telling their NYC private school kindergarten applicant families that this is indeed the most competitive year yet. Truth, or an effort to cover themselves if their Manhattan or Brooklyn preschools' private school admissions placement is less than stellar?
We know that private school kindergarten interviews have not even wrapped up yet, proving that there are lots and lots of eager families on the schedule this year...
Sarah Maslin Nir scooped a fascinating New York Times article today,Private Schools ‘Counsel Out’ the Unsuccessful. The first time this subject has been handled in print, the article details how kids with special needs--academic or emotional--are often counseled out of NYC private schools.
This is a key point of which to be aware. Mainstream New York private schools often don't want to--and are often not able to--serve kids with issues. Why should they, when there are so many presumably less troublesome kids from which to pick?
Every year I get calls from parents in this situation. Sometimes, the parents themselves have been counseled out, often for ill advised comments to school administration and staff.
If your child has issues which concern you, I would think seriously about handling them privately versus through your school. Private schools have a lot of power, and you need to do what is best for your child. Toby Glick, a special needs school advisor and president ofParentConfidantehas helped a lot of families in similar situations. If you have a special needs child or know someone who does who needs help, you can reach Toby at 646-300-1881 orToby(at)ParentConfidante.com.
How do you strategize? What do you say to your preschool director? When do you send these letters if you're sending them?
Last night our kindergarten Private School Admissions Support clients received our confidential guidance report, and we're on call to them for further, customized strategizing. If you need private school educational consulting, now is the time: 212-712-2228 orinfo(at)abacusguide.com
We are hearing preliminary reports that ISEE scores are coming back low for a second year in a row. We are on the case and will keep you posted on ISEE news.
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