After the time-consuming process of researching, visiting and interviewing at many NYC private schools, nothing is more disappointing than receiving a rejection or wait list letter. What should you do now? Well, there is good news and bad news... The bad news is that if you were rejected from a school, there is little to be done to reverse this decision. The school has communicated to you, without specifically saying this, that their school and your family are not a match. It's hard not to take this personally, but you need to move quickly to review other options.
If your child was wait listed, know this: Wait lists are real; they do move! The wait lists are reserved for children who could be successful in a particular school. The primary reason for placing applicants on wait lists is a limitation in the availability of openings. Simply put, all the wonderful applicants cannot be accommodated. Another reason might be the composition of the incoming class. For co-ed schools, directors must be cognizant of the number of boys and girls in each class and the range of ages. Schools also typically want a mix of verbal and quiet children.
If your child is placed on a wait list, there are things that you can try to do to turn this into an acceptance:
- Immediately notify the school that you wish to remain on their wait list and will accept a spot if one becomes available. (Only say this if it is true!)
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