An SF K Files visitor asked me to post the following:
"Our youngish (fall birthday) girl is currently in kindergarten at a public school. She was not eligible for private school last year, due to the Sept. 1 cutoff at most private schools. We went ahead and sent her to public kindergarten, because she really did seem ready, and it seemed artificial to wait a year -- for the opportunity to just apply to independent schools. Although we are mostly happy with our public school, we do feel we missed out on the opportunity to fully explore all our options last year. This year we are applying to just two private schools which we feel are truly exceptional, and if she were accepted, we would be thrilled to move our daughter from her current school. However, if she is so lucky as to get in, she would have to repeat kindergarten again at the new school. We don't really have a problem with this -- and in many ways we feel it would be a good thing. We know of two private schools (Synergy and Presidio Hill) that actually have two-year kindergartens for fall birthday kids, so it doesn't seem too out of the ordinary.
Has anyone out there done this (their child moved from public to private and repeated kindergarten) or know someone who has? How did it work out? Also, do SFK Files readers feel that our daughter is at a disadvantage in the application process, since she is already currently in kindergarten?
Mom Exploring Options..."