Thursday, March 19, 2009

Private school admissions letters

Private school admissions letters will be arriving in mailboxes soon. Feel free to share your stories.

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  1. We got a spot at Bentley and waitlisted at Head-Royce.

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  2. Why, in this day and age, do they rely on the postal service for notification.

    I would have much preferred an email message yesterday saying yay or nay, even if they mailed enrollment forms later.

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  3. 1:00 AM, never heard of these schools, just googled and found them in Oakland. Will you commute from SF for elementary school? Or do you work there? Just curious.

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  4. ding dong at 7:16- not EVERYONE lives in SF

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  5. 7:18 this is the sf k files?

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  6. right, but it IS called the SF K Files
    sigh, let the nastiness begin. there'll be enough of it soon anyway.

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  7. 1:00 - Congratulations!

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  8. confession of a not private-oriented person who was lurking: i thought the first poster was kidding with those names. i thought they were talking about luxury cars!

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  9. 7:07, totally agree. We are waiting for a few more schools today and are wondering if we can just call this morning.
    7:16, I work in SF but doesn't live in SF.
    8:00, thanks!

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  10. This is quite an anxious day (as 0/7 parent). I feel a litle like I did on election day, where it's hard to focus on work while waiting to see if Ohio would turn blue.

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  11. Best wishes families and I hope everyone gets a school that is a good fit for their family!

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  12. who is looking out the window right now even though you KNOW the mailman doesn't come until 1:00

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  13. Me!!! Good Luck Everyone:)

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  14. OMG - mailman just came. can't believe it...accepted to two out of three. I am in total tears of joy and disbelief. CAIS and Cathedral. (ding on stuart hall)

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  15. hilarious, i thought the first person was making a funny reference to cars, too.

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  16. 10:45, congratulations! Two out of three - Wow.

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  17. i suspect the cars would cost less than $180,000

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  18. Waitlisted at Friends (only private we applied). 0/7 at SF. Stressing.

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  19. 11:10 - what school were assigned?

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  20. 10:45 here...should have mentioned we were also 0/7 w/SFUSD.

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  21. 10:45 - congrats! Which do you think you'll pick? those are 2 very different choices.

    11:10 - don't give up! Talk to Yvette and let her know what's going on, find out what the possibilities are, etc.

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  22. Waitlisted at SF Day, MCDS, Friends. Didn't hear from FAIS yet.

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  23. got into Stratford SF, still waiting to hear from Live Oak and Brandeis.

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  24. 10:45 here. it's a tough one btwn the two. love both, but yes - are different. didn't think we'd even have a choice. sigh..now debate/fret, but realize we're lucky to even have this situation. first bit of luck we've had this year! hope it's a sign of a continuing trend ;)

    happy to hear fresh thoughts on both schools, though i know it's hard to give "advice" for a family.

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  25. those applying for high school have to wait til 8th graders are out of school because they will open letters. we just get to stare at envelopes between mail delivery and end of school day. i should try to do something productive in the meantime...like go to the liquor store

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  26. 0/7 SFUSD, got accepted at CDS, waitlisted everywhere else. Whew - stress levels falling, complexion clearing up....

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  27. I don't know anything about CAIS, but I think Cathedral is an excellent school and would be thrilled for my child to go there. It was my first choice for my son but he didn't get in. There are so many things about it that really stood out, in my view.

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  28. we just get to stare at envelopes between mail delivery and end of school day.

    stare with a flashlight!

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  29. steam works well too

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  30. Thick envelope = yes.
    Thin envelope = waitpool.

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  31. Some HS thin envelopes are acceptances. At least SI's was a year ago.

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  32. Congratulations, 10:45! I'm an 8+ year CAIS parent (current 6th grader and 2nd grader) so would be happy to answer any questions you have.

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  33. The waitlist letters all say to email if you want to stay in the wait pool. Is that enough? Anything else we can do?

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  34. I think CDS is Children's Day School (in the Mission) - not Cathedral Boys Shool

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  35. We got waitlisted at SF Day and SF Friends, rejected at Live Oak, Town, and Stuart Hall.

    All of the letters say they had a record number of applicants. I wonder why. Baby boom? Public school cuts?

    Thankfully we have a spot at Miraloma if we don't get off the waitlists.

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  36. A fellow SFUSD 0/7-er -
    We got into Friends and Children's Day School.
    Wait listed at Live Oak, Synergy and SF Day.

    The CDS letter noted that the current head of school is moving out of state and that they are searching for a new one. I am not sure how much we will weight this in our decision making and wonder how it will affect other families that were accepted.

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  37. 0/7, assigned to john muir.

    accepted at hamlin & waldorf!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  38. 11:10 here (waitlisted at Friends). We were 0/7 and assigned Cesar Chavez.

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  39. I am told that only one envelope out of six arrived today (Cathedral). I'm still at work, but think I'll wait until tomorrow's mail before I open it.

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  40. 0/7 John Muir...accepted at CDS and PHS:))...Yeah....good luck all!!

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  41. Hamlin & Waldorf, I can't think of two schools that could be more different. Only thing in common is their zip code.

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  42. went 0/5. rejected from Kittredge waitlisted at PHS, Brandeis, Synergy and MCDS. Completely offended by the process and super happy that we got a good public school assignment.

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  43. 12:21 - thank you for the kind offer. I won't put you on the spot on this board though ;)

    I actually really think we'll just have to privately reflect on the situation as a family and make a decision.

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  44. Didn't like the private process, but found it preferrable to the huge amount of time and we had to spend touring so many different public schools and the helpless randomness of that lottery. I feel if we get rejected by privates, at least there's a reason our family wasn't the right fit (even though I'm sure I won't agree!). Awaiting the mailman!!

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  45. waitlisted at PHS, Brandeis, Synergy and MCDS. Completely offended by the process

    Too soon to get offended! Hang in there if you are serious about a private education.

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  46. So do you email and call all the schools saying you will absolutely enroll your child if he/she gets off the waitlist? How can that be true if you have a first choice? Do admissions committees compare these communications as well?

    It would sound kind of lukewarm to say we will absolutely enroll our child if he doesn't get off our favorite school's waitlist and would probably ensure that the kid doesn't get off the waitlist!

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  47. 1:26 - I don't think you need to say anything about the likeliness that you will enroll. You can say that you are still very interested in the school and why. And that you think it would be a great fit for your child and family. That you hope that they will continue to seriously consider your application. All honest and true.

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  48. Our daughter got into Stratford and Brandeis, waitlisted at Live Oak

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  49. I disagree; you have to go for broke now. Pick a school and start lobbying furiously.

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  50. Congratulations, Clementine!

    Re your previous statement on feelings related to the process, I always felt the reverse--rejection from private (we got waitlisted our year) felt personal whereas the public lottery was definitely "nothing personal" about us or our kid, but rather random luck. We ended up as a very happy and committed public school family. I pretty much assume we would have been happy too (though somewhat poorer and also more worried about money, given the economy now and precariousness of current employment) if we had been accepted at the private school instead of waitlisted.

    What's funny really is how a random lottery combined with a probably somewhat capricious decision, given the number of applications, on the part of a private school admissions team, can chart your course like this. ....okay, I guess I'm still trying to not take the rejection personally :-).

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  51. 1:39

    Are you speaking from experience? Is that how you got your kid in?

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  52. Yes, but if you go for broke with one school then aren't you limiting your chances for the other schools? Who knows what factors (gender, ethnicity, personality) will come into play at each school. Maybe they want a shy, middle-class boy at one school and a minority girl at another to round out the class.

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  53. sorry, what is PHS?

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  54. Waldorf? (shudder)

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  55. PHS is Presidio Hill School I think

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  56. In that case my kids would be going to Kia or Yugo academy:

    i thought the first poster was kidding with those names. i thought they were talking about luxury cars!

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  57. 1:06 - If I were in your shoes choosing between Friends and CDS, I would go for Friends in a heartbeat.

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  58. 1:46, I thought it was a joke too.
    Trying to figure out what kind of car my son's school would be ... (it is a funky charter school)

    A Ford?

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  59. The mail is late today. It is usually here by 12:30. It has been very random lately and a lot of mail has been getting lost. We have twins and one of the two public school assignment letters never came. I had to go to their office to find out (stood in line for 1.5 hours). So... is it acceptable to call Admission Directors to find out?

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  60. I agree with 1:42 whole heartedly. We were so fortunate to get our first choice public school and now we've been waitlisted by all of the privates we applied to. I feel personally rejected by the privates and also and that my son has been rejected. I know I shouldn't personalize it. My husband says it will pass soon, but I'm not sure. We actually can't even decide if we want to be on a waiting list because then we'll just have to make another decision. Maybe the randomness of the lottery is really the only way this can get resolved for us.

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  61. Does anyone know what being "waitlisted" really means?

    We were waitlisted, but I don't know if some really large percentage are waitlisted, such that it really means we've been rejected (for all practical purposes).

    Maybe every school has a different waitlist philosophy. In our case I am referring to Stuart Hall.

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  62. We got a personal, handwritten note on our waitlist letter saying that there would be absolute movement between now and summer. So I'm inclined to believe we're on the real waitlist, hopefully somewhere near the top.

    Or have scores of others received the same encouraging note?

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  63. it wasn't Stuart Hall, though.

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  64. 1:58 PM - what school was this?

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  65. 10:45 - Congrats! I loved, loved, loved Cathedral when I toured a few years back (sadly the love was not mutual & our son was rejected). We may give it another try for middle school but the chances for our oldest are probably slim and if they won't take him we can't really send our younger one (who would probably be much more likely to get in). Enjoy whichever school you go to!

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  66. I think there are some schools that will send outright rejections and some that don't (and they might not do the same thing from year to year).

    To some degree, the schools would take different kids off the waitlist depending on what opens up and who's availsble, so there are going to be a seemingly large number of kids that are in any "true" waitpool. I do belive that, of the wailisted kids, some are more likely candidates than others to get any spots that open up.

    It's really important to make contact with the admissions directors and let them know your level of interest. I wouldn't just send an email at this point.

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  67. I would say it's more like a wait pool. They move rabidly interested parties to the top, then use them for infill to replace those who didn't take their offer (mapping to the characteristics of the departed by gender, age, race, etc).

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  68. 1:39 Are you speaking from experience? Is that how you got your kid in?

    Indeed I am! I emailed, I called, I cried.

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  69. No mail yet but I just saw TWO mail carriers hanging out, sipping coffee at the Tully's on Cole Street..

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  70. You'd think they would know what's in the mail today! At least if they're anything like my Cole Valley mail carrier they do.

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  71. Well, that *is* the Tully's on Cole Street....

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  72. Don't take the private school rejections personally. All the schools say they try to admit a diverse class of students. For most schools, that means a mix of boys/girls, socioeconomic diversity, race, religion, personality of the child (shy/outgoing/etc.), etc. So maybe, for example, the school's one spot for a shy, white, upper middle class kid was taken by a sibling or someone who was just having a better day during the play date. If you ask me, the private school process is way more random than the SFUSD lottery.

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  73. Hehe, I have to say that I am soooooo waiting for this whole process to be over. It does very weird things to people. I have been looking in the garage about 15 times, despite knowing that the mail comes late. I have not yet taken to stalking the mailman.

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  74. Can you waitpool two schools? We got one school and would like to wait pool two others, but don't know if they will talk to each other and that will put us out of the running for both. I hate this process.

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  75. I totally agree with 1:39. When we went through the admissions process we were waitlisted at 5 independent schools. Pursued the school we knew was the best fit for our child and our family (via email, in person pleas, and checking in regularly by phone to express our continued interest). This week is your best shot for getting off of the waitlist (it can still happen later, but unlikely). Pull out all the stops, as there is a lot of movement this week; it'll all be over by Thursday next week. Best of luck to everyone.

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  76. We got wait listed at San Francisco Day School, Live Oak, and Synergy and a too young letter from Friends. We at least have a decent back in getting accepted to St. Cecelia's, but Catholic school was not our first choice (0/7 on public schools and assigned to Sheridan). Both public and private processes were and are ridiculous and that's coming from a husband who watched his wife put everything into this process to obtain what is best for our children. I wish everyone well.

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  77. Yes, get on all the waitlists.

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  78. You can definitely be in the waitlist at more than one school. I also know several families that were accepted at a school, went on the waitlist elsewhere, and eventually got into the waitlist school.

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  79. How come more people didn't apply to Stratford? It seemed like such a good backup, given that it's a brand new school so demand hasn't built up fully yet.

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  80. We were 0/14 on public schools (we have twins)

    We just got an acceptance from Brandeis, and wait listed at the other 4 schools that we applied to.

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  81. We didn't apply to Stratford because they seemed like a very average school compared to the other ones we were considering. They are also a for-profit school (as far as I know) with no financial aid option.

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  82. Congrats, 2:51, on finding a place for both of your twins. I hear Brandeis is a great school.

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  83. All waitlists (SF Day, Friends, Live Oak, CDS and Synergy). Did anyone get rejected outright? We will get on most of the waitlists, but have a great public backup too. I sort of take it personally and sort of not, but I really do hate the system.

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  84. Sounds like several posters here have been accepted to Brandeis, congratulations. We have been waitlisted. Does anyone know what their bus situation is like? Routes, cost?

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  85. Waitlists are not a bad thing-- start calling the schools to keep the doors open, and keep your fingers crossed.

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  86. 0/7 and waitlisted at Synergy. That's totally got to be a who you know/what kind of kid they need (boy/girl young/old)thing because that interview process is ridiculous!

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  87. We got waitlisted at Friends and then a "would benefit from another year before entering K" from Convent. Daughter is a mid June birthday. Is this common? Anyone else get this? I don't think of her as advanced, but certainly on par with her peers. Thankfully, we got our first choice on the lottery (Clarendon JBBP - yes, we are in complete awe and recognize we just "won" the lottery) so no need to worry about private, but I am going to ask her PreK teachers if they agree.

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  88. 3:01 - Don't know bus routes, but we are waitlisted too, live in the Sunset, happy to carpool with you if we get in!

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  89. 3:21
    i would love to hear any feedback on our situation...we are debating between FAIS pre-K (and being super poor) and Miraloma K. We would love to continue my daughter's French, and she makes it into public K by 1 week with her Nov. b-day.

    Waiting to hear about financial aid...

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  90. Admitted into SF Day, Stuart Hall, and CAIS. Waitlisted Friends/MCDS/Cathedral/Town. I'm very happy but my partner is upset. Frankly, I still think we are going to get into our top choice school but my significant other is taking this as some sort of personal rejection and is very upset. Process is getting on my nerves to be honest.

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  91. 3:11 -- we got the same letter from Convent for our mid-June girl. A Convent sibling we know with a July birthday was asked to wait a year there, too. It seems they have a lot of siblings that are older this year so the entire class will skew that way. Your daughter is not likely to be too young for Clarendon, as the dates are more lenient for public school. congratulations on Clarendon!

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  92. 3:22 - What is your partner's top choice school? You got into some great ones!

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  93. it seems like a lot of people are waitlisted--I wonder if bigger waitpools are a reflection of schools' nervousness regarding the economy.
    or is it always this way?

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  94. I love this blog. My partner is so sick of hearing me perserverate about all of this, so this place does the trick.

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  95. Mailman just went by with a pack of rabid dogs . . . wait those are moms! chasing him

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  96. 0/7 and Muir in SFUSD.

    Waitpool for Hamlin, PHS, SF Day, and Friends. Accepted at Kittredge (which is our favorite). I think we will most likely take it, but we'll take the weekend to think it through.

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  97. We got the "too young" letters at Brandeis (8/29 birthday for my twins) and waitlisted at MCDS.

    We are Lafayette bound!

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  98. We are waitpooled at Burke's and didn't get a letter from Friends today (looks like some folks did). Dying to know the rest of the story.

    Congrats to everyone who has a school they really want (public or private), or the luxury of a choice!

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  99. I have a strong suspicion that SF Day is not sending rejection letters this year. We submitted Part I and the fee, but we never got any further -- no essays, no parent interview, no screen/playdate. I emailed and called the admissions office in January to let them know that we had decided not to go forward with the application, and received an email acknowledgment. And yet -- were got a waitlist letter from SF Day today, as if we had applied. So my guess is that they are waitlisting everyone in their system they didn't accept.

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  100. 3:22, and everyone else... Please don't take waitlists, rejections, or, frankly, acceptance letters personally. Best not to get too emotionally charged about it on this first day of a one week process. I recommend leaving the kids out of it, too. They don't need the stress of hearing their adults worried about waitlists, etc. Wait to inform them once all is said and done and you can tell where they're going to attend school (you may find out today, or next week, or next month, or in September).

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  101. Keep in mind that admissions people and current parents in the schools read this blog, so use good judgement about what you post.

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  102. Especially if you have a young boy - don't take the responses / rejections seriously. We got 0/3 private last year. Decided to do a transitional K this year and got 4/4 this year. Obviously we are not going to take up 4 spots, so the waitlist comments are very valid.

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  103. Well, it seems that so far these schools are sending rejection letters:

    - Friends (I know someone who got a rejection letter)
    - Live Oak
    - Town
    - Stuart Hall

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  104. I am so over this -- not sure whether to hit the treadmill or the bar.

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  105. I'm disappointed if SFDS did send wait pool letters to everyone. We really really want that one.

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  106. Has anyone heard of an acceptance at MCDS?

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  107. + SF Day, W/L Hamlin, CAIS, Live Oak. Not sure what we'll do if the waitlists move. We had Hamlin at the top of our list but now we're really considering going with SF Day.

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  108. Nah, you don't want SFDS! ;)

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  109. As long as you feel like you fit in socially, SF Day is incredible academically.

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  110. Did anyone get a FAIS letter today?

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  111. Our July birthday girl was accepted at PHS (2 yr. K) and the age 5 programs at Pacific Primary and The Little School. We're going with PHS and have just given up the other two slots, so if there are any families hoping to get into TK preschool programs there's waitlist movement today at those schools. Lucky to have three wonderful choices and a no brainer in our opinion to take the K-8 school.

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  112. Hi 2:43. We went through the same a few years ago and are at St. Cecilia's now. We are happy with our decision and our daugher is thriving.

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  113. Waitlisted everywhere...

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  115. 0/7 SFUSD, placed at JOES

    wait listed at Synergy, accepted at CDS.

    Looks like CDS for us.

    -M

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  116. Has anyone needing significant financial aid been accepted ANYWHERE?

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  117. we got a "no" letter from SF Day--they do exist!

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  118. I know four families who applied to the usual suspects this year, all asking for financial aid.

    None of them got in anywhere and all have diversity to offer (two Moms, racial or ethnic diversity).

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  119. In the past, schools would send out more offers than they had seats. They are being more conservative now in light of the fact that in recent years some schools had to add extra classes due to too many acceptances.

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  120. sorry, but two moms are a dime a dozen

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  121. we have a boy spot at brandeis that we'll be giving up to go to public school if that is of interest to anyone.

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  122. oops, I reread the SFDay letter we got (skimmed it before). We were in fact waitlisted there, not rejected. sorry...

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  123. 5:02

    Heh, thanks for that info. Infinitesimal odds+1 now. ;)

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  124. When I received my waitlist letter today for Synergy I felt ok about it, thinking at least it wasn't a closed door. Now after reading about so many people who got the same letter, I don't feel nearly as hopeful. 0/7 in public school. I still can't believe so many of us are going through this, it sucks.

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  125. All letters were sent to my ex's house (why?). I haven't seen them yet, but he said: accepted: Town and Cathedral; rejected/waitlisted (?) Live Oak, Friends, SF Day, FAIS.

    Any gut reactions on Town vs Cathedral?

    No one has mentioned FAIS (other than pre-K). Has anyone gotten a FAIS letter today?

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  126. We got Synergy, but no aid. Can't do it w/o.

    We are happy with our public assigned school, so will be calling Monday to release the spot.

    So, ready, set, lobby!!
    ; )

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  127. Maybe they didn't let in anyone needing aid because of the economy... They probably had more current families needing tuition assistance.

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  128. Yes, Cathedral over Town.

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  129. So did those of you who got in not apply for aid?

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  130. We were told by a family friend who is a head of school in another city that our odds of admission would be higher if we did NOT apply for aid. We'll borrow money from relatives for this year's tuition and then apply for aid for first grade.

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  131. 3:49

    When you went 0/3 last year, did you get the "too young" letters? Or did you hope for the best after the TK year?

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  132. 6:34 Interesting..what was the result?

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  133. We'll borrow money from relatives for this year's tuition and then apply for aid for first grade.

    That ain't gonna work. They seriously frown upon that and will send you packing when the time comes...

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  134. We'll borrow money from relatives for this year's tuition and then apply for aid for first grade.

    That ain't gonna work. They seriously frown upon that and will send you packing when the time comes...

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  135. We got into 2 of the 4 schools we applied to. Don't want to name names in case admissions directors are reading this. They would probably frown upon our strategy, but hey, it worked.

    Sounds like people who needed aid didn't get in anywhere...

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  136. 6:15 thinking about Town vs Cathedral - What's your son's personality like? Also, do you think he would do better in a smaller school or a bigger one?

    Personally I liked Cathedral much better and didn't even apply to Town because I knew it wouldn't work well for my son, but I know that Town is a great place for some kids.

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  137. 6:15 did not apply for aid

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  138. 3:21

    FAIS/Miraloma Mom--

    I'm going with our public assignment, but also desperately want to continue with our daughter's French. She's done 3 years of French immersion preschool. I wonder if I "know" you? Jardin Enchante or ALV?

    Our 1st choice public was Jefferson partially due to its proximity to Lycee's Ortega campus, where a French teacher from one of the FAIS/Lycee feeder preschools has been known to do an afterschool French club in past years, and to Feinstein, where there were rumors in December of French afterschool FLES.

    My daughter WILL be studying/playing with a French tutor a few times a week at the Sunset Branch library which is adjacent to Jefferson Elementary if we can't get anything else organized before next Fall. I'd be willing to do this at a more central location if anyone else wants to join us.

    email: kimchilla@sbcglobal.net

    *please don't be alarmed if it takes awhile to reply, my internet time has been sporadic lately

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  139. 0/7 in public. Waitlisted at PHS, CDS, and Live Oak. Accepted at CAIS. Will there be movement on the wait list this week? For those of you who did get into places like PHS, CDS and Live Oak - did you have friends there and/or did you have a lot of contact with admissions? Just trying to understand how this process works.
    Thanks.

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  140. We got waitlisted at Synergy and Live Oak and just a plain no from FAIS. We were 0/7 for the publics and got John Muir. Think I'll keep drinking now. Ugh...

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  141. Sherman is an excellent public school. I can't believe you received Sherman when they weren't even on your list. We would have been ecstatic to go with Sherman!!!

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  142. RE: 1:58pm and the personal handwritten note. We had a couple handwritten notes too:
    Live Oak letter said "I wish we had more space in kindergarten."
    Our PHS letter said, "We really enjoyed getting to know you and (son'name)."
    Our CDS letter said nothing personal.
    I guess we need more input from others to figure out if this actuallly means anything or not.

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  143. We got a nice handwritten note from Live Oak. Nada from Synergy. Still drinking...

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  144. Sarah,

    When we went 0/3 - we got the too young letters. Late July boy birthday. A good T/K program opened up serendipitiously and we went through the whole process again with the added complication of trying to decide about Public 1st grade.

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  145. A note saying there will "absolutely be movement on the waitlist from now till summer" sounds encouraging and not generic. But who's to know what the intention really is?

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  146. hang in everyone. A few years ago, we thought we were going private- wait listed. We did public and we have been very happy. Our son is doing great!

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  147. 7:01: good to hear, but which public.

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  148. Last year we did the full court press on private schools and were wait listed everywhere. We were absolutely crushed. We felt incredibly hurt by the whole process. We went on all the lists but nothing moved for us. We ended up going public, a small school in the Richmond and have been absolutely thrilled with our choice ever since (and we're happy with the extra money as well).

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  149. 7:06 Our son is at Lafayette.

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  150. 6:53 Our PHS letter had the same note. Nothing on our waitlist letters from our other schools.

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  151. Hey 6:51 - I don't see any post about Sherman. Did someone really get in who didn't put it on their list? We were so hoping to get in - it's 2 blocks away and was our #1. We went 0/7!

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  152. Will there be much movement in the Catholic waitpools now that the private letters are out? I know historically they've been the backup schools.

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  153. I can tell you there will be two openings at John Muir!

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  154. We were accepted to Presidio Hill 2 year! It was the ONLY school we applied to amazingly. We were just going to keep her at her preschool another year if need be. We didn't do anything out of the ordinary, other than let them know we are fully on board with progressive education and it was our first choice, well, only choice school.

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  155. there will be tremendous movement this week as people make decisions, go public, etc.

    If you love a school and got a waitlist or even a "no" letter, still be in touch with the school. Every year there are stories about people coming in off of the waitlists or from the no pool.

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  156. doh! waitlisted at Friends, Live Oak, SFDS, CAIS. We really want Friends or Live Oak, they'd be the best fit for the kiddo.

    Ok, the Friends letter says to e-mail...should we call anyway per the suggestions here? Or follow directions? argh!

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  157. Re: Sherman post - Before anyone gets too upset about the idea that someone might have gotten Sherman without asking for it, remember that there are trolls here who delight in posting rumors to freak people out.

    Not saying it didn't happen, but if it did it would be a serious and isolated mistake as the process is not supposed to work that way.

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  158. The only people we know who got in anywhere were people who didn't need financial aid.

    Oh well...

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  159. 3:11 & 3:29...We got that same Too-Young letter from Convent. My daughters bday is mid-July. If we try again next year at Convent (for Kinder), she'll be 6 before school starts! Are you guys considering kinder again next year? If there are enough of us, maybe the kinder for next year will be older as well.

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  160. Kids w/ summer birthdays get "too young" letters all the time. There are always a number of kids in K who turn before school starts, sometimes by a matter of months. It's kind of a self-perpetuating cycle, made worse by the fact that siblings are almost always held back a year because the school knows that they're kind of a captive audience.

    In that situation, if you think your child belongs in K, then send them to K and don't hold out for a certain school - just my .02

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  161. 6 before the school year begins..totally ridiculous

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  162. 2:43 was assigned to SHERIDAN not Sherman. The names are similar, but they are on opposite ends of town. Sheridan was the assignment for many 0/7 people in the Sunset/WP area.

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  163. I don't understand what anybody sees in Sherman. We didn't like it at all when we looked at it. The principal there was nice, but that's about it.

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  164. We were accepted to CDS and we received financial aid. Not a lot, but it's what we asked for and it's enough.

    This was our first choice. We went to every function possible, hand written notes after each meeting/event, etc. We applied for pre-K and were wait listed last year.

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  165. The person was assigne to Sheridan. Not Sherman.

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  166. I wonder about those who got one of their Private school choices, but not the top ones. Will you be trying to do the waitlist for your first or second choices? We got into our third choice, and can't decide whether it's worth going on the wait list. It sounds like there are so many people on the waitlist, that unless you make a big effort, you will not get in.

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  167. 0-7 public and wait listed at all 5 privates. Thought this weekend was going to be relaxing.

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  168. All this wait listing is a joke!

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  169. Anyone get rejected, waitlisted or accepted for 1st grade?

    We have been waitlisted at Synergy for over a year. :) No openings in 1st grade. We didn't apply for financial aid.

    Our summer bday girl got a lot of "too young" letters last year after we paid them application fees and took time off to tour and attend events. Why why why do they do that to families?

    We went 0/7 and 0/1. We'll wait patiently for good news thru the 10 day count, looks like.

    Best, everyone.

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  170. Waitlisted for 3rd grade at Synergy, Live Oak, and Presidio Hill School. Does anyone know what the movement on waitlists is for older grades? Is it really just wait for a person to leave and hope that the spot that opens is the right fit for the class' needs?

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  171. to 3:11PM and other families with summer birthday kids:

    private schools are trying to safeguard high scores down the track, so they push for red-shirting (holding back a year), esp. for boys.

    there was a great article about in the NY Times last June or July I think.

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  172. in fact, one admissions guy told me that, "really, it's the difference between an 'A' and a 'B' student"

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  173. Also wondering about whether to just email Friends, like they say, or try to call. Go by in person, or is that really being too pushy?

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  174. Does most of the movement on the waitlists happen next week? Or later on?

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  175. I think camping out handing out flyers with a little blurb about your kid

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  176. Does anyone know someone who got rejected from a school and got in the second time around?

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  177. did anybody here get into the SAN FRANCISCO SCHOOL? scanned these posts but didn't see any mentions....

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  178. And, did anyone actually get into MCDS?

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  179. Most of the movement happens during the next week or so as people with multiple offers make decisions. After this week it's tough going. Get your preschool director to help you lobby, and now is the time to call in favors from any connections you have. I agree with posters above who said choose one realistic school and go for it! There will be some movement later, but this next week or two is critical.

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  180. I would say don't go to Friends, but call in addition to emailing.

    As for the upper grades, it's very common for a few spots to open up here and there as parents decide to move, etc. over the spring and summer. That's how my son got into Friends in first grade - right around the end of August.

    As for the person who is wondering whether or not to waitlist at the first and second choice schools - it seems worth it to put the effort in if you really like the other schools better. What is there to lose?

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  181. Our daughter got into Friends, our 1st choice. Didn't get financial aid although we applied.

    Waitlisted at SF Day, Live Oak (because they couldn't give us aid), Burkes, and Hamlin. Still waiting to hear from one more.

    We did send a 1st choice letter to Friends, but we don't have any connections. And she goes to a preschool where everyone goes public, so the director has no experience / is no help with privates.

    0/7 public, so looks like she's going to Friends.

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  182. Has anyone received letter from Nueva? We didn't get one today.

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  183. We didn't get our letter from Nueva either.

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  184. Does anyone know how many applicants the following schools had?

    Friends
    SF Day
    Live Oak
    Burkes

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  185. This is pathetic. You all sound as if you're going through sorority rush. Read what you're writing...It's sad..

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  186. yes, why do you care?

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  187. oh troll, begone with ye.

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  188. 10:23, this is not sad if you ever read a book called "Kindergarten Wars". Wonder how many people here read this book before.

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  189. 0/7, assigned to McCoppin

    Accepted at one, waitlisted at 3. Two of the waitlists had personal notes about our son and our request for aid. We applied for aid at all 4 schools, but did not receive, so we won't be able to attend the one that accepted us. Good luck everyone!

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  190. Went 0/7 in public and got into SF Day and Live Oak. Love academics at SF Day but Live Oak feels like better fit for out family. Not sure. Grateful to have a choice.

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  191. Don't bother calling, the admissions folks are hiding for a day. Follow your instructions, they gave them for a reason.

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  192. 10:41 -- I take it you did NOT request financial aid?

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  193. "now is the time to call in favors from any connections you have"
    forgive my naivete... what does this mean? what should "the connections" be asked to do? and are the connections current parents at the school? board members? others?

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