From N.Y. Times by C.J. Hughes:
It has long been considered a steppingstone to prestigious private schools and elite colleges, even if its pupils are barely out of diapers.

But the Park Avenue Christian Church Day School, an exclusive prekindergarten on the Upper East Side, will not be sending as many boys and girls down that privileged path this school year.

About 30 families have withdrawn their children after learning — in the waning days of summer vacation — that the church planned to sell the school’s building to a developer and that the school was moving to the Upper West Side.

“It’s incredible and unprecedented, for sure,” said Roxana Reid, an educational consultant who advises parents on how to get their children admitted to New York’s private schools, including Park Avenue Christian. “There’s been a history of consistency that the school has enjoyed for many years, and this really upsets the balance.”

Parents have taken to other Web sites to express their dismay at both the school and the church’s leadership. Some noted that they were not told of the move until after their tuition checks — for $20,000 — had been deposited and when it was past the point, realistically, to apply to other preschools.

One parent called the church’s actions irresponsible and deceptive. She asked, as others did, to remain anonymous for fear of jeopardizing the chances of getting a tuition refund and added that many parents felt duped.

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