Beyond the Brochure -navigating private school admissions in Los Angeles

by leeroseemery on September 17, 2009

cover_crop-finalI just finished reading,  Beyond the Brochure, which I have to say is a must read for any of you who are contemplating embarking on the year long journey of trying to secure a place in a private school kindergarten in Los Angeles. Like most major cities, getting your child into kindergarten in LA is a long drawn out process of tours and interviews, school play dates, and most of all, soul searching. One must ask the hard questions about what kind of education one wants their child to have, not to mention the daunting question of how much it will cost, and is private school a possibility? Beyond the Brochure is a well-organized and concise look at the often-overwhelming process of applying to schools from start to finish. The book covers everything from interview dos and don’ts, to sample tests that are given to pre-schoolers to ascertain readiness. There is a great chapter on applications and letters of recommendations, and many answers to questions that may come up on your school search. The book is well written, and funny and will hopefully reduce some of the stress that we over-conscientious parents feel as we try to do what is best for our kids in what feels like the most important decision of their little lives. 

Christina Simon, an elementary school parent, Porcha Dodson, a former teacher, and Anne Simon, a former head of the Wildwood School, and Dean of Crossroads Middle School, are the book’s authors. They are private school insiders who share a wide range of insights and experiences about the process. If only the book had been around when I needed it a few years back! But it least it is here for you. Or maybe you have a friend who you’ve noticed is starting to hyperventilate when anyone mentions what kindergartens they are considering. Buy them the book. They carry it at Chevalliers on Larchmont Blvd. Or Amazon.

********************The authors kindly sent me a copy to give away to one lucky albeit anxious soul.*******************

So write me a comment about your desire for help on the matter, and I will send it along.

Good luck and good reading!

You can also check out the Beyond The Brochure Website below to learn more about the authors, and read their blogs.


{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Laura Maraldo September 19, 2009 at 10:58 am

I have also had the opportunity to read this book and have also found it extensively insightful and helpful. A must have for parents before they being the admissions process.

2 Ali Stevens September 22, 2009 at 12:38 pm

Our family is going through this process right now. Any help we can get is greatly appreciated. We’d love a copy Beyond the Brochure, please.

3 Grace Phillips September 23, 2009 at 12:37 pm

I have heard about this book from friends and think it is time for me to read it so I can recommend to friends with young kids. Figuring out schools in LA is a gnarly process and one can never be too well-informed before diving in. I’m glad someone finally wrote it!

4 leeroseemery September 24, 2009 at 2:30 pm

Dear Ali,
I will send you a copy! Good luck with your search!

5 paris turf November 22, 2011 at 6:34 pm

First-class article it is actually. We’ve been seeking for this tips.

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