Where Do You Summer? Pricey Camps For L.A. Kids on The Daily Truffle

 

Not your parents camps!

For L.A. private school kids, summer camp is more than campfire songs—much more!

Here’s a piece I co-wrote for The Daily Truffle. If you have a kid in L.A. private school (or you plan to), expensive summer camps are part of the scene. This is the first year my daughter will attending one of these camps, but some of her friends started in 4th grade. – Read the piece to see where she’ll be going. Christina

 

From space camp, to Swiss camp, to Jewish (culturally-only Jewish, of course) camps, LA is about to send off the kids for the summer months and some of the destos are just as pricey and fierce as where they will be summering themselves.

 

Gone are days of knot tying, archery and s’mores – those aren’t even on the agenda. Those low-key (and low cost) traditions enjoyed by past generations have been replaced by a list of first-class activities.

 

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‘Black Friday’ When L.A. Private Schools Send Out Accept and Rejection Letters on The Daily Truffle

I’m so excited to be a guest blogger over at The Daily Truffle again today!

Here’s my post about March 15 or “Black Friday” the day L.A. private elementary schools mail their admissions letters:

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Fund(rais)ing L.A.’s Private Elementary Schools on The Daily Truffle and Huffington Post*

I’m so thrilled to be guest blogging over at The Daily Truffle, one of my favorite sites. The site is written by private school graduates from L.A. (Harvard-Westlake, John Thomas Dye and others) and calls itself A Los Angeles Social Diary. – Christina Simon

 

Here’s an excerpt of my piece :

Springtime in L.A. is the season when private grade schools host auctions, gala events, and swank soirees at fancy hotels, studio lots, and LA country clubs designed to raise additional funds to pad the $25,000 base fee of sending kids to ‘John Dye’, Buckley, Curtis, the ‘Center’ and all the other early educational top LA tickets.

 

That might sound high but the $25k tuition doesn’t even cap the operating budget of any private elementary school and additional money is always needed for teacher salaries, employee benefits, school supplies, and financial aid.

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*This piece is also featured on The Huffington Post today (Feb. 25).