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02-14-2013, 10:33 AM
From Daily Beast (http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/02/14/stuck-in-new-york-city-private-school-wait-list-hell.html) by Eliza Shapiro:

As if applying to New York City’s most elite private schools wasn’t stressful enough.

Try getting wait-listed. As nervous New York parents find out this week whether their kids got into the $40,000-a-year schools of their dreams, many are facing the ultimate pickle. Is being wait-listed the same as being rejected?

The scary truth: in some cases, the answer is yes. That’s because in the highly complex universe of New York private schools, there are two types of wait lists. The real one includes kids who might get in if others give up their spots. The fake one is for kids who probably don’t have a chance in hell, but the schools want to keep the families happy. These families often receive different letters from various schools, with language emphasizing how much the school loves the child and family, and how sorry the admissions officer is that he or she wasn’t able to find a spot. They might be wealthy potential donors, or they might have a younger sibling the school wants to consider down the road.

“I really have close to zero hope that the wait lists I’m on are true wait lists,” says one mother whose daughter was just wait-listed at five schools for kindergarten. She’s heard of the real versus polite wait list from other parents. “It just doesn’t make any sense to me. So many of us are on all these lists. Obviously they don’t want all of us.”

One friend applied to 14 schools for a kindergarten spot and got 12 wait-list letters and two rejections, she says. Such a high number of wait-list letters, she believes, means everyone stands a worse chance of getting into any school.

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