“Families Face Competition In Private School Race” in “Pasadena Sun”

I’m very flattered to be quoted in this article in the Pasadena Sun about the competitive private school admissions process in Pasadena.- Christina Simon

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“Families face competition in private school race”

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Christina Simon: Los Angeles, California, United States I'm the mom of two kids who attended The Willows School in Culver City and Viewpoint School in Calabasas. My daughter is a graduate of Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism ('23) and my son is a sophomore at UPenn/Wharton ('26). I live in Coldwater Canyon with my husband, Barry, and our dogs. Contact me at csimon2007@gmail.com

6 thoughts to ““Families Face Competition In Private School Race” in “Pasadena Sun””

  1. WOW! there is a private school for 4,400 for the year????? that is less then what I am paying for preschool. this private school race is just crazy! I really wish our public schools had more support then they would have the money to be there!

  2. Great article! Any advice for families who applied to schools in both the Pasadena area which has the March 9th notification date and the Westside which has the March 23rd notification date? Are parents supposed to forfeit their deposit if they get into their 2nd choice Passy school but then a few days later, get into their first choice Westside school? Quite a quandarry. Thank you!

  3. Hi Anon, that’s a really good question. The only way to avoid that problem would be if the Pasadena schools give parents a deadline to respond that is after March 23. If not, I think you would have no choice but to accept a spot at a Pasadena school, pay the deposit and then if your child is accepted at an LA school that you think is a better choice, forfeit the deposit on the Pasadena school. Parents make that same decision even when only applying to LA schools if their child is wait-listed at their first choice school, but then gets in there. They end losing their deposit on the school where they accepted a spot prior to the wait-list space opening up. Good luck!

  4. It’s a war! i think it happens in a lot of school districts and yes parents do go crazy to get their kids in the school they want, at least you don’t have to pay extra (bribe) to get your kid accepted like in other countries. Or do you?

  5. Honestly, we moved to the OC for the schools as we didn’t want to have to deal with LA schools (public or private). Down here, the schools are still decent and we can opt for Charter and it would still be free although they do utilize a lottery system.

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