High School Admissions: News from the baby sitter
So I don’t know many people who have kids of the age who are entering high school so I get all my information from baby sitters. Our current sitter attends Whitney Young high school (which to my horror starts really early which requires north side kids to board public buses freakishy early every day.) She attended a well-thought-of private elementary school that comes with a hefty price tag that likely assures parents that their child will earn a spot in a selective enrollment high school. She told me that the school really focuses on helping the kids prepare for the high school entry criteria. She said that most kids also get private tutors for the high school admission test (that is given in 8th grade.) So overall, it’s a group of kids who have some pretty good odds.
She told me last night that the high school acceptance letters went out this week and that the 8ths graders from her old school had basically “not gotten in anywhere.” She said there were a few Latin and Parker kids and a Whitney Young but that the rest were in Lane Tech for now. (So no Northside College Prep, no Walter Payton, and not the usual slew into Whitney.)
Of course being 14, she isn’t quite as in-tune with greater school trends as I would have hoped, so she couldn’t speculate as to what caused this. Of course my brain went right to the fear that the log-jam is starting already due to more people staying in the city schools.
Without a doubt, more of these 8th graders will get admission in the top high schools by the time September rolls around. My sitter didn’t get into Whitney initially this time last year, but was admitted before summer came around.
Don’t know why I worry already, it’s just when I pass some of these high schools that constantly have police cars out front, I can’t help but think “no way my kids is going there.”