I didn't see anyone else bring this up - but did anyone else cringe when Simon was talking about how the school the kids were in currently "definitely" wasn't their first choice, or second, or third, or fourth, or fifth ..... I think my jaw just dropped open. What an idiot. That statement was just broadcast halfway through this school year ... can you just imagine how much the other parents, teachers and administration at "Sixth Choice School", which is sure to be outed soon, are going to be absolutely enraged at Alex & Simon? I don't know if they would be welcome next year. And forget about getting into Clairmont (sp?) for next fall after this little gem of a show airs. I picture the parents of current Clairmont students literally witholding their donations if they let little Francois & Johann in.
Everyone KNOWS how it works with the private school admissions in Manhattan, but oh my God, no one actually TALKS about it on camera, at least no one with actual children who are involved in the process. Poor little Mitterand and Gustave. Their parents have totally ripped the school carpet out from under them.
Anyway, I have known many people involved in the crazy preschool/kindergarten scene in Manhattan. The ones with firm Manhattan roots, big names, and/or older family money didn't worry about preschools. I have had plenty of other friends who were professionals with quite enough money, but they just couldn't swing the school admissions - most of them headed out to Westchester, CT or New Jersey and the parents sucked up the commute for the sake of the kids. They're all in perfectly good schools now, and will probably meet right back up with the NYC preschool kids in the colleges.