Right now, most parents of incoming kindergarteners are in quandaries. They visited the elementary schools last week, and now it’s time to make The List. Moms–and dads–must rank Montclair’s fine institutions from favorite to not-so-favorite on a scale from 1 to 6.
Last year, I agonized. I talked to friends at length. I changed my mind twice. Thankfully, the decision had an end date. This year, the forms are due back to the Board of Ed during the week of April 23. It’s a relief to turn the list in, but then parents have to wait until July to get their placement letters. Those who choose Nishuane or Bullock are in luck–these schools have more open spots, and if you put them first, you’ll probably get in. This is my totally unscientific opinion. I also have politically incorrect suggestions for working the lottery system, but I will stop at that.
So, have you decided? Tell us in the comments if you’re feeling groovy or anxious.
Three moms I spoke to recently were refreshingly sane about making this decision…
“My top three are very different: Watchung, Nishuane and Edgemont. I plan to make this decision by flipping a three-sided quarter in the air. My kid will be fine at any of them.”
–Kate, mom of two
(Her only complaint is that the school tours dragged on for five days. Kate wishes the BoE would schedule one long day for all of the tours so she could take less time off from work.)
“I have narrowed it down to two choices: Nishuane and Northeast. I saw really special things at both schools. I felt really good about Montclair after seeing the kindergartens.”
–Jen, mom of two
“I feel pretty good about the options in Montclair now that I’ve seen them all. I think my son will do well wherever he lands–although I do have favorites. My top three are Nishuane, Edgemont and Bullock which all have the kind of child-centered focus I’m looking for.”
–Kimberly, mom of one