Originally Posted by carmel23
Some background, initially we were all for MLC, but I also have a child entering K in the fall, who won't go to Ivy (they don't offer a K) and won't get into MLC because he is like number 10 or something on the waiting list and that won't change at all until next year--where he will be number one on the waiting list for first grade, but who knows if he will ever get in?!
Was it the administration at MLC who told you your son won't get in this year? Number 10 seems pretty good to me, but it sounds like they think the list won't change at all. We chose not to apply to MLC when looking for schools for my daughter, but over the course of the summer she eventually got into all but one (Opal) of the schools we applied to, and one was just 2 days before school started. Does MLC accept students after the year has started? The past 2 years, my daughter's class at Emerson has had students leave mid-year, and they were willing to take in new students from the waiting list, but usually by that point most people are settled at different schools.
As for the Ivy School, I would assume that if your older son goes there this year, your younger son will automatically get in for 1st grade next year. All of the schools I'm familiar with give sibling priority, and I would think Ivy would too. We were considering switching our daughter to Ivy because it was only 2 miles from our house in NE. The 20 minute drive downtown to Emerson got old very fast, and parking is a major hassle there. Unfortunately, we ended up moving to SW so Ivy is out of the question, and now our school commute is even longer, but our daughter is happily settled at Emerson.
Good luck with your choice