Private school application tips

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Private school application tips

I often get asked what private schools are looking at in an application. That's a million dollar question. If there was an easy answer to that, everyone would get into the school of their choice. Really, the answer to that is they are looking for an authentic application, meaning the school asks you about the child, that you are describing the child that they are going to see and to meet. That you are not describing your fantasy child that they are not going to see upon first introduction, because they will meet your child. This has to be a real description of your child. Their real strengths, their real challenges, whatever those might be. Sometimes that is challenging for parents to write in an application. They also want to know that you've actually listened to what they were saying on the tour, that you've been to the website and read their materials; so you're not asking questions of them that they have already answered for you. They don't want you to regurgitate what they've told you. They want you to be thoughtful about the questions. Questions like: How do you think our school will be a good fit for your child? A cut and paste response is not going to work here. What you need to do is respond to each individual school, knowing what the personality of each school is and being authentic about your child and your family.

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Sandy Eiges, MA

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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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