Private elementary school assessment process

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What you should expect during a private elementary school assessment is a couple of things depending on what grade you're applying to. If you're applying to kindergarten, every school puts together its own kindergarten assessment. There are schools that band together and use companies that offer a kindergarten assessment and then the school will use that assessment. The assessment is actually a very well rounded assessment – they're not just looking to see if your child can count to ten or to a hundred; they're looking to see a wide range of skills that they will need to be successful in kindergarten, such as being able to sit quietly for ten to twenty minutes and follow directions that the teacher will give. They're looking to see whether you have a child who can sustain interest in an activity, or a child who runs from activity to activity. They're looking to see whether your child has some fine motor skills they'll need in kindergarten in order to learn how to write properly. They will look to see whether your child is already reading or has some rudimentary knowledge of the alphabet. And then, they will look at all of these factors and determine how well your child's level of skill and abilities in these different areas fit in what their actual classroom looks like.

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Originally from New York, Sandy Eiges holds a master's degree in Social Work, and has worked in and around education her entire professional career. She has served as executive director for Save the Children's field office in Jerusalem, where she created and published a cultural diversity curriculum for grades 5-9. This curriculum was subsequently adopted by the Israel Ministry of Education. She also served on the executive board of UNICEF in Israel and created and ran after-school programs for latch-key children. She was, at one time, a charter school developer for a start-up Reggio-inspired K-8 school. Sandy was also the charter school developer for YouthBuild Charter School of California, a high school diploma program for out of school/out of work youth, located in Watts, East Los Angeles and El Monte; for which she also served as interim principal. She has a child who attended a Reggio-inspired preschool and who now attends a project-based elementary school. Inspired by her own quest for the right schools for her daughter, and her extensive research into schools in Los Angeles, Sandy started L.A. School Scout LLC. For the past six years she has helped families looking for the right fit in preschools, elementary schools, middle and high schools for their children.

When she’s not helping families find the school that’s right for them, she’s enjoying time at home with her relentlessly curious and brilliantly creative daughter, who is a constant inspiration for the hopes, dreams and ideas that drive her life. LA School Scout helps families make informed and thoughtful choices about the schools that will best suit them. Our mission is to promote, encourage and applaud children's enthusiasm for school and learning; take the mystery and anxiety out of the school finding process for parents; and provide families with comprehensive information on all of their educational choices.

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