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.
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!
The NYC Department of Ed announced this today for the NYC public school high schools:
Students and their families are invited to attend theNew High Schools Fairthis weekend. At the fair, students will be able to meet with representatives from the new small high schools scheduled to open in September 2011.
The fair will be held on Saturday, February 12, and Sunday, February 13, from 10:00am-1:00pm at Martin Luther King, Jr. Educational Complex (122 Amsterdam Avenue in Manhattan).
Many Manhattan and Brooklyn families choose to apply to NYC private high schools as well as public. I have been helping families with NYC private high school choice for twelve years. Your child is young--chances are, she's never had to "sell" herself before. My time-tested and exclusive approach helps families and studentsidentify, amplify,andshowcaseyour most marketable strengths to private schools. My students have achieved admission to Horace Mann, Trinity, Dalton, Collegiate, Riverdale, Fieldston, Friends, Packer, and Hackley as well as to many other prestigious NYC and Westchester private schools.
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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.
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.