Specific Private School Questions (Atlanta: kindergarten, Ivy League, summer)
Please register to participate in our discussions with 1.5 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
Yes, I'm all too familiar with the numbers game. We are considering this year a "trial run." We actually waited until the last possible minute to decide to apply for Pre-K because, frankly, I don't relish the idea of paying approx. $10,000 for Pre-K (at least three times what I pay now for church preschool). But at least we'd already be in before the battle for kindergarten spots.
Holy Innocents' and Galloway were considerations but, for variety of reasons, aren't a good fit. Because of my profession, I do know several people on staff at several of the schools, but I certainly don't have my name on a building or anything like that. Our preschool sends a lot of kids on to private school, but mostly to Mt. Vernon, St. Martin's, and Wesleyan due to geography. Some apply to the Buckhead schools, but not in large numbers.
We'll just see what happens this year. If we get in, great. If not, we'll widen our options for Kindergarten.
I just wanted to put a plug in for Galloway---which is excellent! My children are in EL and we have been thrilled with everything--from the community of parents/friends to the level of the academics. I think Galloway used to have a artsy-fartsy reputation but I honestly think it is just a fantastic academic school with sound principles.
I, too, was going to recommend Holy innocents'. They start with a three-year-olds program that my neighbors' kids attended, and they thought it was very good. They seem to be even happier with their experiences in Pre-K and kindergarten. The kids are about to start first grade, so I can't tell you much else about the school beyond that, except that we also live in Sandy Springs (Lake Forest) and the commute is all of about five minutes. We also have several Holy Innocents' high school kids who babysit for us, and they are super kids. They seem to like their school, too. I don't know much about Galloway, but it also seems like a nice school.
Old thread, but I'm the OP, so thought I'd reply. Both of my kids are at Trinity (rising K and 1st) and we love it! Couldn't be happier (except for the old wallet, of course!). Very pleased with our decision even despite the commute.
If your child has a birthday in the summer or late spring, most of the schools in the top tier won't accept him/her. Even girls... even siblings... even 4th children. This helps their SAT scores cause the kids are older when they take the test. When my friend's child entered Pace, 60 percent of the kindergarten class was old enough to be in first grade.
I was told the same thing about my child, who is a July birthday and applied to Kindergarten for this fall. EVERYONE told me there was no chance - teachers, parents, etc. We were so thrilled that our child was accepted to all 3 (top tier) schools we applied to. I think it is worth applying and let the schools tell you by way of a denial letter if they don't find them to be ready. I am glad I went to through the application process because now she will be attending our first choice school. I've been told that the biggest thing they look at is maturity, but the age of other applicants matter. It just so happened there were quite a few summer birthdays admitted for this coming fall. If I had not applied, I would have waited another year unnecessarily.
I would agree however, that most top tier students are older. My other child has an early spring birthday and is definitely among the youngest.
Wesleyan was an excellent school for our family. Both of my kids went to school there for all 13 years and were well-prepared for their college careers. It has beautiful facilities, and students and families find that their lives tend to revolve around the school, as the older kids, especially, are encouraged to participate in extra-curriculars - they have championship football, basketball, baseball, swimming and cross-country teams in their division, which is A, along with other small schools, as well as a strong fine arts department. There are also several parent groups that support the school and support each other. However, it does have a very strong Christian bent -- some families like that, and others may find it a little overwhelming. There is prayer in class and before assemblies, and chapel every Friday. Our family is not particularly religious, but we were comfortable there. The high school has excellent AP offerings, but I found myself a little frustrated by the required religious study classes in the high school. I liked the emphasis on respect and manners for the staff and for other students -- you don't have the fights and theft students tend to run into at public schools, a kid might leave their backpack on a bench and know that it will probably still be there if they come back an hour or two later, if it hasn't been taken to lost and found. It is a lifestyle choice, not just a school choice. For example, it is made clear that if a student is caught with drugs or alcohol on or off school property, they are subject to immediate suspension or expulsion. It moved from a small church-based school in Sandy Springs in the mid 90's, and the campus was completed within 10 years, so there are a lot of families who feel strongly about the school. Enrollment is capped at just over 1,000 students, K-12. College counseling starts early in high school, and about 99.9% of the students attend college.
The school is set up as a Lower School (K-4), Middle School (5-8) and High School (9-12). I liked the fact that the school was flexible enough to create more challenging programming for one of my children when it was clear that he was gifted in math in the 1st grade. The middle school is divided into two "mini-middle schools" -- the 5 and 6th graders are grouped together, and the 7th and 8th graders are grouped together. It seems to ward off some of the adolescent social laddering, because you don't have 11 year olds who are hanging out much with more sophisticated 14 year olds as much.
The commute to Westminster, Lovett, and Pace will be grueling, especially when you think about it over the next 12-15 years. Carpools help, but Atlanta traffic is pretty intense, and the north end Perimeter starts backing up between 3:00 and 3:30 pm.
I've known many families were who happy with Mt. Vernon and St. Martin's -- now that Mt. Vernon has the high school (relatively new, so check on AP offerings, etc.) kids tend to stay there instead of bailing after 5th grade. Holy Innocents is another very convenient possibility that may deserve a look. Another possibility is First Montessori school, which starts at 18-24 months and goes up through 8th grade. Galloway School is another alternative, down by Chastain Park, that has a lot of enthusiastic families. It's not cheap, though -- 1/2 program for 3 year olds is $10K+ per year.
Please feel free to PM me if you have any other questions about Wesleyan.
about how many apply to westminster for kindergarten? They take like 70, out of how many applicants?
my kid has a summer birthday...you saying she has less chance?..shoooot.
im a lovett kid..back in the day. meh, its ok. everyone went to college, some kids expelled for being alcoholic and drug users. But never any real violence...no fights ever broke out. it was basically a WASP school..the minorities would usually stay together and eat together and stuff. lovett is episcopal if that matters to you, and they dont stress christianity too much. (im a reformed calvinist, so i had some issues with that).
well let me say it for those who dont know or are out of town. Its snow white and the seven dwarves...Westminster is snow white. above and beyond any school in atlanta. you want the highest odds of your kid to go to an ivy league....go to westminster, check out their college list and psat national merit list....most in all of georgia, period.
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.
Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.