Alma Matters

I don’t know how much you know about schooling in New York City. So, let me just say this: It’s a big deal. Need a little perspective?

When I was getting ready to come back to work after my maternity leave, I started researching nursery schools/day cares in my neighborhood. I narrowed it down to a few favorites and started calling around. The first school said they work on a school schedule and were not accepting any new applicants until the following fall, and the next one had a waiting list… OF 100 BABIES! Luckily, everything worked out for the best, but it definitely helped shed some light on the situation.

Where I grew up, you were zoned for a school and (unless you were accepted into a special program) that was that. It’s SO MUCH MORE COMPLICATED HERE. Miles isn’t even one yet, but I’m already dreading his tests and interviews for school. And I’m not talking college, people. Around here, for the really good schools, it’s not completely uncommon to see things like that for middle school, or in some extreme cases even elementary. Can you imagine that kind of pressure so young? Just imagine the picture above…but with a ten year-old holding that envelope. It’s sad!

It’s still early for us to be terribly worried, but I am anyway. Luckily, we have a few years before we really have to think about it. Hopefully, I can decipher the NYC Schools Website by then. Pretty sure it’s written in a foreign language.

* Yes, I know, it’s “Alma mater.” It was a little play on words that I now realize may make it look like I can’t spell. Oh well…

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