When There Is No Threat, People Share Information About School Choices

I have continued visiting potential schools for my son. One of the charter schools I recently visited was at capacity, however, I filled out the application and added my name to the waiting list.

An office staff manager came out to speak to me when the I requested a bit more information. She explained that the waiting list was kept until the end of the school year, if spots opened up even after school year started, they would call parents off the list and offer them the spot.

I don’t know if she sensed a bit of my frustration, but she offered information on some programs she was familiar with.  A couple of the programs were new to me, the resources sounded interesting, so I took note of them and looked them up. I want to share a bit about them with you in case you want to explore.  Both of the programs that I learned about are affiliated with private schools.

The first program is called  ABC (A better Chance) , it is a scholarship organization that has helped many students of color with the opportunity to attend college-prep private schools across the country. The program works with nonsectarian private schools serving children entering grades 6-11. Students must have a B+ or better GPA, rank in the top 10 percent of their class and perform at or above grade level in math and English. Approximately 90% of A Better Chance scholars receive financial aid.

The second program is  Independent School Alliance, it’s a non-profit program that serves underrepresented students with Independent private school admissions counseling and placement.  They have about 55 member schools in Southern California ranging from elementary to high school. I registered to their website and attended an information session last week at one of their member schools.  The one way I can sum up their purpose is by saying they are like talent scouts for competitive private schools and last year, 80% of students in the program were enrolled into one of their members schools. They have an application process that opens up a year prior to the upcoming school year; right now the application process is open for 2017-18 school year and it closes in August 2016. The member schools are listed in their website, and most of them are reputable, highly academic and rigorous. Their campus sizes vary, however their class sizes are relatively small. If you are looking for a way to get your child into a competitive private school or simply want to explore options, I recommend you at least visit their website or even register for one of their information sessions.    

What I found most interesting about this experience, was how the office manager took a moment to share information not affiliated with other public schools, she said, “The important thing is that parents know about all of the options and the resources available.” I told her that I could not agree more. When parents know about all the options and resources available, true choices can be made.   

Right now I have decided to give our public school system a try before going the private sector route. However, I am grateful she shared this information, as these are programs I had not heard of and perhaps they can come in handy for someone else.

Here are the links in case you want to explore:

A Better Chance:


Independent School Alliance


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Cindy Borbon

Cindy Borbon

Cindy Borbon is a Co-founder and Editorial Manager of LaComadre.org. She is a single mother of 2 who graduated from Bell High School when she was five months pregnant. Becoming a teen mom forced her to become self-sufficient and very responsible early on. She worked fulltime in the auto finance industry, prioritizing working so she could provide for her daughter. She attended junior college for a bit but dropped out to focus on work. Her extraordinary problem solving and strategizing skills led her to become a Senior Supervisor by the age of 26, almost unheard of in her company and industry. She built over a dozen successful teams and she mentored dozens of leaders directly. She was passionate about working with young adults to enhance their skills while she mentored them. Many of her employees were straight out of high school and new to the workforce. She took initiative in getting to know them and their back ground, many times this meant having heart to heart talks about their personal goals, encouraging them to return to college. She turned her talks and speeches for others into her own reality. It is never too late to get an education. It’s never too late start over. It’s never too late to pursue your personal goals. She has found this part of her life to be the most rewarding though challenging. She is working on her BS in Business Management.

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