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theschoolboards
06-25-2011, 09:38 AM
From Aristotle Circle (http://www.aristotlecircle.com/blog/kindergarten-admission-lessons-new-movie-release):

Recent independent movie release The Best and the Brightest takes the stressful theme of last-minute kindergarten admissions and blows it into a comic absurdity. While the movie is too over-blown to be a practical cautionary tale on its own, the Aristotle Circle expert team pulled together some tips for private schools admissions.

Get the right coach for your family. “You need someone who has in depth knowledge of the specific schools you are interested in, is realistic and doesn't overpromise,” says Aristotle Circle expert Jennifer Woodruff.

Present your best self, but never lie. “You never know what they are looking for to comprise a well-balanced classroom,” explains Woodruff. “The only practical solution is to present your best self, not try to be something else.”

Double-check your application for any errors. “This goes without saying,” says Woodruff. “If there are 500 applications, the first ones you chuck are the ones with an obvious flaw.”

The admissions director is your advocate, not the headmaster. “Heads are simply too busy to get involved with admissions decisions... The Admissions Director is the person who will be advocating on your behalf, so invest your efforts where you are most likely to get a return.”

Consider which friends and contacts may help you. Some schools don’t take references. For those that do, your first choice is someone on the board or a school employee who knows your family. Second choice is someone who knows the school AND knows your family (i.e., another family at the school). Third choice is someone who can do something good for the school.

Avoid Boasting or Name Dropping When one of our clients wrote that their four year old was gifted in ball sports and would be an asset to a top-tier school’s soccer team, we suggested the parents edit the essay to say, “Our son greatly enjoys ball related sports and would be an enthusiastic participant on the school’s soccer team.” This demonstrates the parents have a more realistic view of their son’s talents and likely achievements, especially given his tender age...