Nursery School Admissions: Masala Style

by NYC Firm Schools on August 16, 2009

Parents of NYC nursery school applicants are now preparing themselves for the 2009-10 admissions cycle. As we saw in ‘Nursery University,’ the dreaded process is quite competitive. While NYC parents feel alone in the ‘insanity’ of this process, we would like to remind them that they are not alone. As reported by CNN in May, New Delhi parents can relate.

The Kumar family, whose three-year-old daughter, Janhavi, was rejected for the 10th time for a spot in an Indian nursery school, is profiled (BTW, Janhavi speaks Hindi, along with some English and Japanese).

The problem is particularly acute in the capital of New Delhi, where getting your child admitted to any one of the top 10 sought-after nursery schools is harder than it would be for a college-aged student to gain admission to Ivy League schools in the United States, such as Harvard or Yale.

Here are the numbers:

Take, for example, Salwan Montessori School in New Delhi. They received 2,500 applications — for 150 spots — for the 2009 school year. Only 6 percent of those who applied got in, and Salwan is not the most sought-after school.

Some schools have places for less than 4 percent of applicants.

Compare that to the Harvard University class of 2009:

Of the 22,796 students who applied, 2,074 got in for a 9.1 percent admission rate.


So, when you worry as you sit down to write your first admissions essay or pick your two-year-old’s clothes for his or her ‘playdates,’ remind yourself, “I’m thankful that I don’t live in New Delhi.”

Perhaps, the NYC nursery school admissions process is not so bad after all?

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