I don’t normally post about my client sessions because, well, they’re private. What happens in a one-on-one consultation stays in a one-on-one consultation. It’s not Vegas but we do create a safe container together.
But I want to share this story today (anonymously of course), because so many people come to me thinking they’ll never get into any good schools, it’s too competitive, too complicated, too this or too that, or they don’t have any points, and what’s even the point?
The point is, you can’t get in if you don’t apply!
And with good strategic advice, you can still do quite nicely if you have an open mind, do your due diligence, and follow through with good school guidance.
This particular client came to me in March. Well after all the school lottery deadlines had passed.
Dual Language Programs? Passed.
Charter lotteries? All passed.
Gifted/SAS programs? Also passed.
She was nervous. She thought she had messed up.
Undeterred, I worked with her based on her general area (Central/East) and created a strategic plan for her son. Based on my recommendations she submitted late applications in every category. Today on our third call together, she lets me know that she has received FIVE OFFERS! All tuition-free public school options. Five schools to mull over and make decisions about.
Magnet? – check!
Another even later Magnet? – check!
Dual Language? – check!
Charter? – check!
SAS? – check!
Open Enrollment? – pretty sure that’s going to become a check too!
Probably SIX by the time it’s all over and done with.
She says, “you saved my son’s life.”
And I say, ” Aw, I’m so happy to be able to help you.”
I’m sharing this with you to give you hope. There is always a way, no matter what the situation is, no matter what time of year it is, or what part of town. And while I can’t guarantee you’ll get into “that” school, or even more than two schools, I do know that together we can work to make a plan, go over your options, and figure it out.
And if you’re still out there hung on a couple of waitlists, don’t panic. It’s still early. There’s at least 4 schools on this client’s list alone that will have another opening very soon, as her son can only attend one of these schools. Multiply that by all the parents making school decisions. So stay strong. Those waitlists are moving. And there’s always a way through…
And another thing. If you’re lucky enough to get multiple school offers, don’t be that parent. Once you’ve made your decision, please, pah-leeez make sure you go back to the rejected school(s) to let them know you will not be attending, so they can release that empty seat to someone else. Trust me, someone you don’t even know will be silently thanking you.
[I wrote more about that HERE]
Thanks everyone. Stay strong. I’m so glad we had this little chat.