Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Hot topic: Open spots at private schools

This from a reader:
I posted a "SFS has space for a 2nd grade boy" to a dead thread.

Not sure if you think this is helpful, but if so, maybe a new thread: private schools: any one know of new spaces, or waitlist movement?
I remember hoping for that kind of information.

24 comments:

  1. San Francisco School

    http://www.sfschool.org/home/index.shtml

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  2. I have posted this elsewhere so apologize for redundancy but if people need spots you might try some of these (S= secular, R = religious, FP = for profit, NP = nonprofit):

    Adda Clevenger (S-FP)
    Hillwood Academic Day (S-FP)
    Kittredge (S-FP)
    Marin Prep (S-FP)
    Stratford (S-FP)
    Zion Lutheran (R-NP)
    Lisa Kampner (R-NP)
    St. Philips (R-NP)

    I am not sure if there are openings at any of these schools but I believe they are all open enrollment.

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  3. Kittredge isn't open enrollment for K. You can check for open spots, but they do an application process like all other privates. Later grades are based on openings (a larger number for 6th for an expanded upper school).

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  4. I checked the website, Kitredge is on the same admissions cycle as the rest of the indpendent privates.

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  5. Still, it might worth a call to find out if their classes are full and if not, if they would accept an application.

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  6. Does anyone know the schools that expand class sizes in upper grades..say 6th grade? If so, which schools do and what grade.

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  7. I don't have a comprehensive list, but I am pretty certain that both Friends and Live Oak admit a substantial number of students at "middle school". For Live Oak that means at 6th grade, but I think for Friends it may be earlier than that.

    If you are willing to head down the peninsula, Nueva adds kids at 6th grade. Also, you might consider Crystal Springs, which is a 6 - 12, so they admit starting at 6th.

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  8. San Francisco School also adds a class or two in sixth grade. It takes lots of kids from public schools.

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  9. Another elementary school (K-8) to consider is Megan Furth Academy. This was our back up school but we ended up getting our waitpool. It is a independant catholic school. The class sizes are 15 and the teacher ratio 10 to 1. They somehow manage this with a tuition of only $3000. a year. The building is a little old and could use some improvements (they have been waiting 5 years to get city approval to rebuild on other property they own). They seem to have alot of financial support because besides the small classes they have alot of extras (language, computer lab, before and aftercare, music with an instrument, PE run by a professional outside company). They have a diverse student body. They are located on Pine street in the old St. Dominics. I don't know how many spaces are available but I reccomend looking into the school if you find yourself without a good school for your child.

    meganfurthacademy.org

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  10. We just turned down 2 spots at St. Monica's last week.

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  11. I know someone who is going to give up a spot at the new Marin Day school. Not sure if the school knows yet, but they did pay a deposit.

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  12. Today is the last day to register at public school. There are probably other parents out there like us who have a deposit in to the private and just got into their wait pool choice. We decided to go private and not register, but others will give up their private school by not paying the full tuition come June 1.

    So, make sure you are HOUNDING the private school you want now and let them know you are willing to pay the whole fee June 1 if someone else does not.

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  13. It really helps to tell them you don't need financial aid at this point in the game. So if you are on the fence about needing it, tell them you don't. It ups your odds.

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  14. 2:09 first poster, what public waitpool school did you get? I'm curious which public school will have an opening. THX

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  15. Wouldn't the privates already know if you need financial aid by now? Financial aid apps were due same time as applications, weren't they? Not understanding how it would increase your chances if you tell them now you'll pay full-board.

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  16. We did turn in our paperwork for fin aid but when we didn't get it we called and said we no longer needed it. They might realize the loyalty and give you another chance. Then we got the call that a spot opened - without financial aid.

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  17. Ugh, that's just sad for those of us who need financial aid, to know that they'll take full-freight people off the waitlist but not middle-class families. But it's good to know, so thanks for clarifying.

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  18. This happened to me too. They said they only had non-financial aid spots left because they had given away al of the money.

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  19. Schools give away as much aid as they can (all of it) with the first round of letters. Only if someone who was offered aid turns down the spot is there aid for the second round of acceptances.

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  20. 12:53

    Sorry for the late response. I know the San Francisco School expands at 6th grade, to offer more socializing. The one class splits into two classes (15 students each.)

    www.sfschool.org

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  21. The Katherine Michels School, Guerrero @ 25th Street, has openings for K-5. It's a 2 year Kinder, so a 5 year old is a shoe in. They have a very intimate upper elementary program--much like home-schooling, with a group of about 10-15 kids total, mixed age. Sweet school. We attending for Kindergarten. At the time they charged us month to month (affordable, too) without a contract.

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  22. Has anyone got on off a waitlist for a private school for this year since the contract deadline? Just curious if there has been any movement.

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  23. If there have been openings since the contract deadline they have not called us.

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