This book that you are currently holding in your hands contains expert advice and precious nuggets of wisdom, previously guarded by the privileged few. For generations, parents (let's be honest, mostly mothers) used these highly effective strategies to send their children to prestigious and popular independent schools in San Francisco. As an independent school graduate, an independent school teacher, and an independent school parent (with a Master's degree in Education), consider me the ultimate insider, ready and eager to pass my decades of knowledge on to you. In the coming chapters, I will share priceless tips and tricks, illuminating stories and real-life examples, teaching you the insider's method of applying to K-8 independent schools. In other words, reading this book will significantly increase your chances of earning a spot for your child at a top choice independent school in San Francisco.
But perhaps you're asking yourself, is this book really for me?
The answer is a resounding yes, without a doubt, this book is for you.
IF YOU ARE NEW TO SAN FRANCISCO, this book is for you because outside of New York City, there is no place in America more competitive than San Francisco. The most popular schools list Kindergarten acceptance rates as low as 25% because this city is awash with an extremely impressive population of wonderful families dying to secure a spot for their child. There are also more than 25 schools from which to choose with vastly different cultures and communities. So, how do you navigate this competitive and diverse environment? That's right, you need this book.
IF YOU ARE A SAN FRANCISCAN, this book is for you because the independent school landscape has dramatically changed since you were a kid. New, dynamic and innovative schools have been built from the ground up and long-established schools have changed their curriculum and culture dramatically. In short, this book will help you navigate this new landscape and guide you through this extremely stressful process.
IF YOUR CHILD IS TRANSFERRING INTO AN INDEPENDENT SCHOOL, this book is for you because the world of independent schools operates differently from the public school system. Each of the approximately 25 independent schools in San Francisco has unique attributes that may or may not resonate with your child's needs or family's values. So whether you're new to the independent school universe (and at one stage I was too!), or this isn't your first rodeo, this book is for you.
Regardless of which category describes you best, you are sure to find this book extremely valuable in the coming months. So, are you with me? Are you ready? Take a deep breath and let's do this. Together.