How to get your child into an elite, big city preschool, according to admissions consultants, directors, and parents who've done it
preschoolscan be as notoriously difficult to get into as Ivy League colleges.
- Every step in the process counts, from the initial tour of the school to the thank you note you send afterward.
Trying to get your kid into a prestigious
The cutthroat landscape is a result of families eager to give their children the best
Pick your programSome preschools show preference toward students from certain religious backgrounds or who have a parent or sibling who attended the school previously. The first step in the process is to decide which preschool is best for your child's individual circumstances. There are dozens of choices, but Insider has dug into the best programs and what it takes to get in. The 11 most prestigious preschools in Los Angeles and how to get in, according to an admissions consultant and school directors
Prestigious preschools are notorious for evaluating family values. Consultants share how to best align yours with your ideal program.
Fill out your application with careApplication instructions must be followed closely if you want to impress admissions officers. These schools will want high-quality photos of your child and your family, and if you're a two-parent family, both should attend the interview. Ask good questions, and remember the preschool will be evaluating both you and your child.
Nail the interview and tour
Once you've toured, interviewed, or visited, send a thank you note. Remind the school of your family along with anything mentioned during your time there that you had in common with the tour guide. Some parents even take this a step further by providing lavish gifts to admissions directors, donating auction items for school fundraisers, or substantially subsidizing school events.Parents should always write a thank you note after a preschool interview or tour. An expert shares what it should include, and 3 example letters that hit the mark.
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