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Daily English 1278 - Applying to a Selective School

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Sam: I think our child should go to a public school. I did.

Yasmin: I went to a private prep school and I think it gave me a leg up in life.

Sam: I got where I am without a fancy prep school.

Yasmin: And that’s great, but I think we should give our daughter every advantage we can.

Sam: What do you have in mind?

Yasmin: I have information here from a few of the most selective schools. Some are parochial and some are secular. Some are day schools and some are boarding schools.

Sam: I’m not sending my daughter to a boarding school and that’s final.

Yasmin: But some of the most exclusive schools are boarding schools.

Sam: I’m not budging on that. I want her coming home every day.

Yasmin: All right. Let’s look at the admission criteria for the remaining schools. Wow, admission is really competitive. These have very low admission rates.

Sam: Really?

Yasmin: Really. They also require two aptitude tests in addition to transcripts, letters of recommendation, and an interview.

Sam: Do we really want to put our daughter through that? And look at the tuition!

Yasmin: Is that for all four years?

Sam: No, for one year.

Yasmin: You’re kidding.

Sam: I’m not. Public school is sounding better and better, isn’t it?

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse

Category: Daily Life