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“When my husband and I applied to kindergarten for my daughter, the schools seemed somewhat mysterious, like hidden gems. Neither of us attended private school, and most of these schools aren’t exactly an open book. Terms like “visiting day” and “parent interview” weren’t part of our daily vocabulary. That would soon change!”- Christina Simon, co-author, “Beyond The Brochure” on “Mommy Poppins”


Get The Scoop On Applying To L.A. Private Elementary Schools on Mommy Poppins 

Applying To L.A. Private Elementary Schools: An Overview 

Why Are L.A. Private Elementary Schools So Hard To Get Into?

Admissions: The Order Of The Universe 

Private Elementary School Cutoff Dates/Birthdates For Applications

The Costs Of L.A. Private Elementary School: The First Year

You Can Tell A Lot About A Private Elementary School By…

Touring Schools: Ideal Conditions For Growth and Learning by Anne Simon

Tour It, Don’t Ignore It

Two Abandoned A-List School Tours 

Tips For Touring Private Elementary Schools

Touring The “Gooey, Precious School” by Jenny Heitz

Reader Question: Feeder Schools To Private Elementary School

Westside Feeder Preschools To Private Elementary Schools

Why Your Preschool Director May Be Your Best Ally During Admissions

How My Preschool Director Helped During Admissions Process 

5 Things To Consider When Applying To The Best Private Elementary Schools on Elizabeth Street 

Admissions Directors: The Keys To The Empire

How Are Private Elementary Schools Different From Public Schools? 

Why I Chose Private Elementary School Over Public School on Moms LA 

Map Of L.A. Private Elementary Schools 

LA Private School Tuition: A List (Part 1)

LA Private School Tuition: A List (Part 2)

Tips For Applying For Financial Aid on Elizabeth Street 

Characteristics Of A Great Written Application by Anne Simon

Make Your Applications Stand Out: Creating Your Family Message

Feeder Elementary Schools To Harvard-Westlake

Applying To John Thomas Dye by Jenny Heitz

One Mom’s Story: From 3rd Street Elementary To Mirman School For 4th Grade by Jenny Heitz

Types Of Admissions Letters

Pre-Acceptance Private School Participation: Does It Work? by Jenny Heitz


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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

4 thoughts to “New To The Blog? Start Here…”

  1. I’d seen this on other sites and hoped you’d do something like it for us new readers. Thank you. Very helpful!

  2. Hello Christina and Porcha, it was so nice hearing you speak last night at Brentwood Presbyterian Preschool. I love you blog and bought the book when we moved to LA. Thank you for your excellent presentation.

  3. It was so great meeting you both last night at the preschool event. I’m tackling these posts because I’m just starting the process. Thank you again for all your information and the book.

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