Private middle school acceptance tips

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Once you are applying to private middle school, your child's acceptance depends more on the child than on you. Part of the application process is taking the entrance exam, the IC. The independent school entrance exam. Part of the application is not just the parent part of the application, but student part of the application. In the student part, they are asking your student questions about what they are interested in in school, what they are interested in outside of school, but they are also looking at your child's writing abilities and what grade level they actually appear to be at, no matter what their grades are. All of those factors enter into a middle school acceptance. They are also going to interview your child and assess them. That's in addition to teacher recommendations and the school recommendations that come with that. Also, some middle schools start at Sixth Grade and some start at Seventh. The ones that begin in Sixth, often take public school kids starting at Sixth Grade. As opposed to private school kids, who often start at Seventh Grade. If you are a public school student, you definitely want to look at schools that accept Sixth Grade applications. If you are coming from a private school, you'll definitely start looking at schools that start at Seventh Grade applications.

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Originally from New York, Sandy Eiges holds a master's degree in Social Work, and has worked in and around education her entire professional career. She has served as executive director for Save the Children's field office in Jerusalem, where she created and published a cultural diversity curriculum for grades 5-9. This curriculum was subsequently adopted by the Israel Ministry of Education. She also served on the executive board of UNICEF in Israel and created and ran after-school programs for latch-key children. She was, at one time, a charter school developer for a start-up Reggio-inspired K-8 school. Sandy was also the charter school developer for YouthBuild Charter School of California, a high school diploma program for out of school/out of work youth, located in Watts, East Los Angeles and El Monte; for which she also served as interim principal. She has a child who attended a Reggio-inspired preschool and who now attends a project-based elementary school. Inspired by her own quest for the right schools for her daughter, and her extensive research into schools in Los Angeles, Sandy started L.A. School Scout LLC. For the past six years she has helped families looking for the right fit in preschools, elementary schools, middle and high schools for their children.

When she’s not helping families find the school that’s right for them, she’s enjoying time at home with her relentlessly curious and brilliantly creative daughter, who is a constant inspiration for the hopes, dreams and ideas that drive her life. LA School Scout helps families make informed and thoughtful choices about the schools that will best suit them. Our mission is to promote, encourage and applaud children's enthusiasm for school and learning; take the mystery and anxiety out of the school finding process for parents; and provide families with comprehensive information on all of their educational choices.

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