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08-23-2010, 09:00 AM
Here is an excerpt from the guest post on the blog Beyond the Brochure (http://beyondthebrochure.blogspot.com/2010/08/applying-to-john-thomas-dye-our-guest.html) by Jenny Heitz on her experiences applying to John Thomas Dye:
Before I begin this tale of very civilized rejection, I should note that my daughter had an ultimately happy ending: she got into a private school for fourth grade. But it wasnít John Thomas Dye.

When we began the search for a private school, we were very discriminating (if also naÔve. Ok, thatís being kind. We were, as Iíve said in my previous post, idiots). We didnít apply to ten schools, some of which were safety schools; we only applied to two. And one was, of course, John Thomas Dye.

When I was in elementary school (in public school, no less), I didnít know anyone from JTD. No one I knew went there. The only impression I had of the place was that it seemed somehow, at least in my motherís mind, connected to old money and the L.A. Country Club. In other words, they donít let ďour kindĒ in there (Ďour kindĒ being residents of Beverlywood?).

My impression of the school only changed when two different families I know from Evaís preschool (Montessori Shir-Hashirim), got in. The first lucky entrants were very bright identical twins for kindergarten (a tough and unenviable job, gaining twins entrance anywhere). The second entrant was another girl who got in for third grade.Seemingly, JTD entrance was a breeze, right?
To read the rest of the post, click here (http://beyondthebrochure.blogspot.com/2010/08/applying-to-john-thomas-dye-our-guest.html).