You won’t get into John Thomas Dye, you won’t get into Harvard-Westlake, and you won’t get into Harvard.” That generalized Darwinian fright has commingled over the years with more parents asking school directors to take their kids at younger ages and for longer hours each day. As Jesse put it, “There’s a frenzy here that doesn’t exist in a lot of places.” When Crystal hatched the idea to start Cassidy, she was in her late twenties, working as a school psychologist at Brentwood School.
During her four years there, a significant part of her job centered on helping select each year’s class of kindergartners—roughly 30 students in all—from a crop of about 300 applicants.
Eventually the dispute was on display in the courtroom, offering a glimpse into the amped-up world of high-end romper rooms.
n Los Angeles, choosing a preschool, and being chosen, has come to feel like competitive sport,” reads the course description for “Coping with Preschool Panic,” which is taught at the Santa Monica branch of the Pump Station & Nurtury store.
Flanking Hawk was a process server carrying legal documents and an employee of the security firm Talon Executive Services, who had a gun in a concealed holster.
Inside the office sat Crystal and Jesse Biltz, the couple who founded the prestigious preschool in 2009.
She ran tests on the kids and visited 40-some preschools to watch them in action.
If there was a secret sauce for getting into a school like Brentwood, Crystal began to realize the value in holding its formula. on June 27, 2013, three men entered Cassidy Preschool in Santa Monica and headed toward the administrative office while two more waited on the sidewalk outside of the squat brown stucco-and-brick building.Cassidy, which enrolls 154 students, was nearing the end of its school year.Hawk called the two tech specialists on the sidewalk to come in to copy the school’s hard drives and suggested the Biltzes contact their lawyer.The couple walked to the playground to make a call.“People in the know will realize it’s a ,000 bag, and the people who don’t know—forget them.