For First Time, More Slots than Applicants for Lakewood Girls Elementary Schools; Still Issue for ‘Heimish’ Crowd

primary girls tlsThis current school year is the first year on record of the school acceptance process that the (private) girls elementary schools in Lakewood actually had more slots than applicants, a renowned Lakewood Askan immediately involved with the process told TLS.

The phenomenon is was due to the fact that approximately five new elementary girls opened last year, as well as several parallel classes in existing schools, providing many new slots, the Askan – who wishes to remain anonymous – told TLS.

Though still too early to guarantee, the application process for the 2016-2017 school year – which is now beginning in some schools – is also expected to be smoother than in previous years because of the added slots.

However, most of these new schools are geared towards the “more Litvish” crowds, and not as much as the “Heimish or Chasiddish” crowds.

The issue with that is, says the Askan, is that many families are moving to Lakewood from New York and elsewhere, not realizing how difficult it is to get their child into a school of their choice.

The Askan says he would advise parents to look into schools prior to moving to Lakewood.



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  1. Isn’t lakewood a yeshivish community built arround BMG?
    I appreciate the concern for the chassidim but isn’t it obvious that if they moved to this community then they would need to either open their own schools or join the existing (yeshivish/litvish) ones?

  2. If Lakewood would remain litvish/yeshivish how would they survive without the heimish run organizations like Hatzolah/lcsw/Chaverim/Bikur Choilom/tomchai shabbos??
    Just wondering…

  3. Just wondering why are words like litvish and heimish put in quotation marks. Is it that the people under discussion don’t really fall under that category? They actually do, so don’t fret. A guy is ashkinazic, sfardic, heimish or misnagdish without the need to resort to quotation marks.

  4. With all the he “open slots” it is still hard to get in to a school.
    Every school wants to be very selective, even if it is biased, in order to show that they can “reject” to show power.
    At the end of the day everyone will be in a school. I agree. The question is, will it be a school at your frumness level or lower?

  5. The problem is that the new generation of “litvish and yeshivish” crowd is quite removed from that term anyway so I think people should stop knocking the “New York people” moving here. The new generation don’t wheel just any stroller that has four wheels. Socks are a reminder to the mabbul with all the rainbow colors. Cars; nothing less than a late model Camry or Odyssey will drive smoothly enough. And to top it all off, there are plenty of problems with the Lakewood youth. So let’s stop trying to keep Lakewood “Yeshivish” and accept people from the “heimishe and chassidishe” crowds with open arms. Because your narrow minded attitudes may not be working out so well.

  6. So heimishe people will go to yeshivishe schools. Big deal. We can worry ourselves over real issues. How about schools who throw children out in the middle of the year?

  7. Maybe the new schools are better for our kids as they have to prove themselves as opposed to the old schools that everyone is dying to get into that don’t really care anymore and are not mechaneich the kids the way they are supposed to bec.if anyone dares to open his mouth we won’t take you’re kids in anymore there is no checks and balances the way these schools are being run

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