It happens, even to good kids with lots of friends: Some children don't get into the private kindergarten or grade school of their choice.
I always knew this could happen, but until some friends I knew experienced this kind of rejection, I didn't really understand that it could happen to any kid, not just to those who are struggling in school or exhibiting behavior problems.
With more children living in Center City, it seems inevitable that getting into private school will grow more competitive. At least we're not New York, where many parents start plotting a child's kindergarden destination long before pregnancy.
But my friends' experience reminded me that I may need to plan differently when we apply in the fall for my son. I'm not yet sure what this means. Mostly, we probably really need to be ready to move out of the city. We may apply to three private schools, instead of just two.