Sunday, March 22, 2009

Hot topic: Preschool admissions

An SF K Files visitor wants to hear from readers about where they got into preschool:
I am curious what preschools people got into. We got rejected by MCH, Peter's Place, 150 Parker. No response from Calvary, Little Gators.

25 comments:

  1. Little gators has not sent their letters yet - probably in the next two weeks. And they only have about 5 non-sibling spots this year.

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  2. Thanks for the info 6:53

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  3. does anyone know if JCC letters went out?

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  4. The JCC acceptance letters went out two weeks ago for the 3 year old afternoon class.

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  5. Silence from KMS. No letter or invitation for an evaluation play date.

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  6. It seems to be a big year for sibs. I know the 2 year old program at the JCC. They had 54 sibs for 60 spots.

    Just so crazy.

    Does anyone else know how many spots where at other schools?

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  7. Preschool rejection letter. Wrong on so many levels.

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  8. My son's amazing preschool still has spaces available: South of Market Child Care-Yerba Buena
    Wonderful school!

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  9. we were accepted at Phoebe Hearst, thankfully. We were rejected with our older daughter a number of years ago so are happy to have a spot at this wonderful school.

    Best of luck. I imagine there will be lots of movement with preschools at well as K this year.

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  10. we got into an excellent preschool a couple years back by taking a pm slot. No one wants those. And then transitioning into more preferred morning / full day slot. People are always leaving. Worked out great

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  11. I tried the PM slot strategy and it didn't work out (no a.m. slot ever opened). We ended up switching preschools - the afternoon slot started at 2:30, which was way too late.

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  12. 2:46, do you know if the 60 JCC slots were for all 3 campuses for their 2s Program? Is it possible that all 3 campuses only took 6 non-sib slots? And that they only have 60 2s spots?

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  13. My understanding is the 60 spots where at the Diller location

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  14. If you are stil looking, check out Nihonmachi Little Friends in Japantown.

    Our son thrived there for 2 years before starting K. It is a great progam, with exposure to a second language (Japanese), and very reasonably priced.

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  15. I know it's preschool and I was really taken aback at the competitiveness when I toured, but, I'd recommend writing a follow-up letter to schools that you didn't get into. I wrote a thank you letter to each preschool we toured (13 of them) and wrote an additional letter to the one we felt the best about, telling them why it was our #1 choice (still can't believe I did this with preschools). We got into 3 of the 13 schools, but got a rejection letter from the one we really liked. We then received a call several days after receiving the rejection letter from the Director. A spot had opened up, and we took it. We're a 100% SFUSD public school family and unknowingly at the time, this preschool is considered to be a feeder for top privates. Felt like we did have to lobby a bit for the spot, but we were sincere in our interest.

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  16. We only applied to 3 preschools(risky I know). We hadn't heard from our top choice school and received waitlist letters from the other 2 schools. Then we were offered a spot off the waitlist last week from one school, and then first choice school called this week and offered a spot. So there definitely is movement off the waitlists.

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  17. Hang in there! Even more so than the next step (oh you are going to hate that step) the preschool decision is personal and about families first. They want "nice" families that will donate TIME and effort into their program. We went through a bunch before finally deciding on a preschool that we wanted from the start and our children have blossomed and THRIVED there. It was the best decision I've made in my entire life and I honestly feel blessed that it happened.

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  18. just received acceptance notification to Presidio Knolls School - mandarin immersion / reggio emilio program. Applied to only two preschools so am thankful we have placement.

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  19. 11:41

    Can you share what school you got off the waitlist? I followed up with directors of the schools we liked.

    I will share our funny Lone Mountain story.

    I talked to Jacque. He told me that he had good and bad news. He had 9 spots available and that there were over 100 applications for those 9 spots. I was 75th in the lottery for those 9 spots.

    That means there where over 200 type A parents who submitted their resume before their child was 2 months old. :)

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  20. Ha! This thread makes me laugh. I remember going to the preschool info night at the Hall of Flowers when my oldest was 6 months old. Little did I know what was to come!

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  21. When I was rejected by Little School,it made me want to go there all the more. Their rejection letter was so much more thoughtful than the rejection letters from other schools.

    Anyone else have that experience?

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  22. Any word from the Rosenberg Center/JCC?

    Good or bad thoughts about the school?

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  23. If my daughter is 13months when sould I start the pre-school process? Is this Dec of 2009? We do I need this on my radar? I don't my little baby all packed up with a lunch box and no where to go?

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  24. Feeling lucky to have gotten two preschool acceptances, now agonizig over the decision. One is a new preschool but has all the makings of what I want -- philosophy, approach, community -- but it is new (and may not even be licensed yet). The other is a well-known school. I don't know much about whether schools are truly feeder schools but I have heard that this one is and we will most likely do private school. I put down the deposit for the well known school (partly because we got burned with a new daycare prior to this -- it closed up on us mid-year, very traumatizing!). Did I make the right decision????

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