Guide to Schools by Georgia Irvin, a consultant and former admissions director at Sidwell Friends in DC, profiles more than 100 independent schools and advises parents about the application process.
..."Schools have become increasingly selective because they can be," says Georgia Irvin, a longtime education consultant and former director of admissions at Sidwell Friends.
"None of them just take the top testers," says Irvin
...Stuff your child's packet with letters, says consultant Irvin, and you remind schools of the admissions adage "the thicker the file, the thicker the child."
An athletic superstar applying to sports-oriented schools-DeMatha, Georgetown Prep
, Landon, and St. Albans, for example-has an advantage, says Irvin
."If you have a football team," she
says, "you need football players."
Some are looking for kids who are achieving, says Irvin
, and some want kids with potential for success.Some want kids with a mix of abilities and learning styles.
"No school wants to see a child be more frustrated than rewarded," she