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cfloresny
02-10-2012, 09:31 AM
We just got WL'd at Dalton and would love advice from moms who went through the process last year on how to work the waitlist. TIA.

kperry12573
02-10-2012, 10:25 AM
This was what I shared last year with another mom:

If you didn't email the DOA as soon as you received the notification, call her or the admissions office NOW. Tell them you are VERY interested in the school and will accept the first spot if offered. Tell them that you were waitlisted everywhere else - sometimes they assume that somebody else would have taken you. Be sure to ask them when it's appropriate to call back and how often. Hopefully, most parents who were accepted but not planning to go will release their spots in a timely fashion.

Good luck to you!

jspencernyc5
02-10-2012, 03:25 PM
I fully agree with kperry. For this week, doing everything you can to get your dc off the waitlist is your primary job. Work you with PSD. Call the DOAs and express your interest. Ask your friends or connections for help. Be eager but don't pester. The best way to find the balance is to ask the admissions office how often you should check back. Follow up every day to see if there's any progress.

cfloresny
02-14-2012, 08:27 AM
Thank you for your advice. Do you know how involved do PSDs get in getting us off the waitlist? Do their "connections" come in handy now?

ikkimom
02-14-2012, 07:49 PM
Thank you for your advice. Do you know how involved do PSDs get in getting us off the waitlist? Do their "connections" come in handy now?

There's only so much the PSDs can do at this point. They can help make one final push for you but more likely, they're finding out where you are on the waitlist. It wouldn't hurt if you have connections at the schools you're trying to get off the waitlist and have them go to bat for you.

Emily Glickman
02-26-2012, 08:48 AM
Agree with Kperry above.

Remember also that after the official reply date, many kids on the wait list drop off as their parents commit to other ISAAGNY schools. If you still haven't signed a contract, your child can stay on a school's wait list for months. Sometimes wait lists do move in late winter, spring or summer.

To read my post on wait lists: Abacus Mom (http://www.abacusmom.com/abacus_mom/2012/02/is-your-child-wait-listed-everywhere.html)