What a beautiful day I am having today as my Private School Admissions Support clients call to share their joy with me about kindergarten acceptances. So far today clients have called to let me know and thank me for my role in helping their children get into Saint Ann's, Horace Mann, Riverdale, Dalton, Allen-Stevenson, Collegiate, UNIS, Friends, Hackley, and Fieldston. Keep the calls coming, please...
At some, often more progressive private schools, teaching reading has historically been on a more relaxed timetable, sometimes not until first grade. In the last few years, I have found that more and more parents are focused on early reading and math. My clients are often more interested in spending tuition dollars on schools where they feel their children will learn hard skills early. For that reason, I was very interested in one headmaster's comment:
Stephen M. Clement III, who heads the all-boysBrowning Schoolon the East Side, said that “many of the early childhood programs are getting much more academic,” and as a result, “our curriculum has probably increased in its pace as well.”
Basically, more and more schools are meeting market demand.
People are asking me if more people have been waitlisted this year at NYC private school kindergarten. From my perspective, waitlists are longer than usual as it seems there are fewer flat-out rejections. If your child is on a kindergarten waitlist, take ownership of the process and don't merely rely on your preschool director.
Official data won't be available until March, but schools across the city including the Friends Seminary and Poly Prep Country Day School report an increase in applicants this year. Meanwhile, admissions directors and consultants say there are even fewer slots available due to an increase in the number of students trying to get into the same schools as their siblings.
Despite predictions the recession would drive more parents to public schools, the number of children applying to private schools has held steady over the past few years, according to the Educational Records Bureau, the organization that administers the ERB admissions test. The ERB says 4,245 children took the test for the 2009-10 school year, the latest year for which data are available, down by about 200 from the year before but up from 3,899 in 2006.
In my experience, this admissions year was competitive, but no more than last. Overall, my educational consulting clients are reporting excellent results. I find that Manhattan and Brooklyn private schools have an incentive to report application increases because New Yorkers like clubs which are hard to join. Preschool directors like to report that the process is competitive because they are underlining to families that they cannot control admissions outcomes.
Banjo says official data will be available in March. I am looking forward to hearing.
It's Friday February 11th, and NYC private school kindergarten decisions have been emailed or snail-mailed! As expected, with the move to the shorter one week kindergarten decision period, more and more schools are moving to email notification.
As of this morning, our Private School Admissions Support clients have let us know so far about emailed kindergarten acceptances from Hewitt, Nightingale, Trevor Day, Chapin, Grace Church, Brooklyn Friends and Berkeley Carroll, and the day has just begun! Congratulations to all! We look forward to more good news throughout the day and in the coming days as the mail comes through from the schools that snail-mailed!
Holding back kids so they'll enter kindergarten at the ripe old age of six has become such a common practice there's even a term for it: redshirting, a word borrowed from the sports world where an athlete sits out a year or more in order to lengthen eligibility. It's an apt metaphor. Not only are pre-schoolers grabbing an extra year to brush up on their ABCs, they're also gaining a year of growing time, which many parents believe bestows all sorts of future advantages—mainly for boys. "This has been a trend for years, but it has accelerated in the last five," says Emily Glickman, president ofAbacus Guide Educational Consulting, a service that helps parents navigate private school admissions in Manhattan.
And indeed, for a variety of reasons, it's the boys who are increasingly being redshirted. "Private schools in general tend to be less forgiving of younger boys than girls," says Glickman, "and parents feel like boys mature more slowly." As we approach February 11, the date most of New York City's private kindergartens mail out acceptance letters, the growing trend of keeping kids in pre-school an extra year is once again stirring heated debate.
Dell notes that parents, teachers, suburban public schools, and NYC private schools are all part of the older kindergartener/redshirting trend.