Rejected or waitlisted for private school

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Rejected or waitlisted for private school

I often get asked, what do I do if my child is rejected or waitlisted after we have applied to our favorite school? There are a couple of answers to that question. One is if you did not receive a waitlist letter or if you are simply not offered a spot. It is your first play school, for the most part, it is over. If for whatever reason they decided not to offer you a waitlist spot, chances are good that they don't see your child as a fit for whatever reason. You can always call. With a waitlist spot, I would suggest that you call and talk to the director of admissions, tell them that you got accepted elsewhere, but this is your first choice school; is there any possibility. They might see that you are a genuine applicant for them. Whoever they have offered spots may have been accepted to other schools. Spaces do open up. Spaces especially open up on the waitlist after the first two months that letters have gone out. Be persistent, but if a school says, "I'm sorry. We just won't be able to offer you a spot." Then it's over and move on to your next choice school.

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Sandy Eiges, M.S.W., is the founder of L.A. School Scout™ LLC, the top city-wide admissions consulting company for preschool through college. She is not only knowledgeable about private and parochial schools, K-12, including boarding schools, but she is also an expert in explaining and navigating the myriad public school options as well. She has been interviewed for Spectrum News, Beyond the Brochure, the Los Angeles Times, the Hollywood Reporter, and is the school admissions expert on the website Kids in the House. Sandy is a professional member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA). For the past 15 years Sandy’s company, L.A. School Scout™ LLC, has helped parents with the planning and admissions process for preschool, elementary school, middle, high school and college for their children

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