While most industries are reeling from the economic downturn, Manhattan's private schools--which charge upwards of $30,000 a year--are flush with parents pounding the doors. Competition is so steep, the admissions process rivals that of the Ivy Leagues, says the New York Times.
Count a baby boom, parents with larger families staying in the city and the wealthy getting wealthier among the reasons why parents are finding their progeny rejected from every private school they apply to.
The situation has gotten so dire that Mandell, a preschool on the Upper West Side, opened an elementary school this year so its lost lot could have a place to call kindergarten. The school received 50 applications for 25 spots. It opened a second 25-seat class and 100 more applications poured in within 48 hours.
If these kids can get into kindergarten, getting into Harvard will be a walk in the park.
In other parts of the country, moms are waiting in line at 5 a.m. trying to get in the local public school. What has happened to just signing them up? Are you fighting to get your kid in kindergarten where you live?