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If your son or daughter is applying for 9th or 10th grade, go where they are wanted. If a school wants them bad enough they will find the $$$ to make it happen. Last year on March 10, our oldest got into 1 of the 4 schools applied, the other 3 waitlisted him due to financial aid needed. On March 28th, 2 of the schools that waitlisted him came calling with the $$$$ but he decided to go to the school that wanted right off the bat.
Our middle child is a better athlete than the oldest and decided he wanted to stay home and play local hockey for split season and public high school and loved it. Still trains everyday in the gym, with his team on the ice, and private lessons also.
There's lots of paths to success! Good luck on the journey, it goes by fast!
Prep school is expensive
Our top player opting to stay FS vs going prep. A pattern that will continue due to Hs hockey dying....
From what I’m hearing you could take the top kids from Cardigan, Eaglebrook, and Hillside who did not get the offers they were looking for and make a very strong U16 FS team.
Schools received record numbers of applicants and were very selective with their $$$$$.
Prep isn't for every kid...and all prep hockey is NOT better than all FS and yes - some catholic/public schools...
Be a good kid they said, get the grades they said, work hard they said, sacrifice they said...oh you need aid, nevermind they said. FS all the way!
If hockey is your priority then FS or hockey academy type schools are the way to go. If education is your priority then independent/prep is the way to go, but only if you don't have a good local public HS. Prep schools were created and still exist to educate the children of the 1%. 65-70% of the kids at these schools are full pay. The single most valuable attribute that an applicant can have is the ability to pay full tuition. The next most valuable attribute is a relationship with the school, such as being a legacy applicant or child of faculty. After that comes the recruited talent, not all of whom will receive great FA offers or even acceptance. The others are in a lottery with very poor odds, and if they knew their chances beforehand they probably wouldn't bother with all the effort required to apply. It's a pity that public HS hockey is wrecked, but FS is clearly the way things are going. If your child is on the waitlist to nowhere and your local public HS is terrible then look into charter schools and Catholics, or consider moving to a town with better schools.
:::::::::::: and let me guess, the kid got “ Waitlisted”. Seems like 8 out of 10 did.
Can the coach help with the waiting list? He told my my kid would be on the 2nd or 3rd line next year.
My son was waitlisted at 2 schools and accepted at 2 schools but the money offered still isn't close to helping.
You mean we can't believe the assistant to the assistant coach with the official Bauer wind suit when he tells me that he likes my kid and he will have no problem getting in? BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU BELIEVE unless the head of admissions makes you these promises.
My oldest entered prep school 10 years ago. At that time I was reading on how preps better wake up or the EJHL was going to take all of the hockey players. Back then full year tuition was in the low $30's for day schools, upper $30's for boarding. After reading this thread the only thing that has really changed in 10 years is that the tuition has gone way up.
Prep School Hockey = High Level, Good Pace
Prep School Hockey = Good Exposure
Prep School Hockey = Resume (i.e. Brick, D1 commit already)
Prep School Hockey = PG/Repeat
Prep School Hockey = Very Little Hockey development
Prep School = Good educational development and college "Prep"
I've been around hockey parents, football, girls/boys lax, girls/boys basketball. And they all talk about getting taken care of. And so the question is, if every kid in every sport is being taken care of, who pays tuition? Bottom line is most schools deal on need and need alone. ISL schools police each other so give a couple grand leeway either way, everyone is paying based upon need. Anyone saying they are getting a free ride is either needy enought to warrant a free ride or lying their ass off.
That being said, if your kid can do more than play hockey. If he's really smart, plays in instrument, drama etc then he might get more because he has earned and is worth more to the school. Schools want kids, not because they can win games, but because of where they will matriculate. It's the same story in everything in life. If ou have leverage, then you can get more because you will be in demand. If your kid is a good hockey player and the hockey coach says he really want's him, don't think anyone else in the shool with input on admissions will give a **** because every other coach for every other sport asking for a break for the kid they want to get in.
I believe the NEPSHL independents, Exeter for example, will go well beyond need to get a stud. But of course with a school like that the kid better be really bright in the class room. They ain't letting in any dummies or "marginal" kids. And also, to get great money you better be a varsity level kid in another sport.
What a week. I have received at least 20 calls from parents of 03 up to 00 where kids were accepted but no FA available and put on a waitlist. I have been doing this for a long time and don't remember a year like this.
The 03 group at least can play a year or 2 of U16 or go to a Catholic to prepare, but the older kids are at a loss, and they are good solid players.
Tough week for a lot of dreamers.
1. Sorry your oldest kid got cut from prep school
2. Sorry your bank account got cut from financial aid
3. Sorry your youngest will get cut from their club team