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As we head into the new school year, I am struck by the fact that some of the students/parents with whom I corresponded with about St. Andrew's this past admissions cycle will actually become matriculated members of the SAS family soon. And, of course, I'm hoping that they'll love it as much as we have so far.
But I'm also aware of the very real possibility that they may not.
And so I've been thinking about the reliability of any school advocate here on the forum, myself included. Why do prospects believe them (us)? Isn't every advocate of any specific school biased by definition?
Also, sparked by a recent caution about a particular school mentioned in a "Chance Me" thread (as much as I don't buy the "Chances" phenomenon, I do scan the threads to see what schools are being considered), I wonder how much stake any prospect should put in the testimony/endorsement of a single student/parent/family. Should a candidate "ding" a school because of one bad story (whether public or via PM) they read on a mostly anonymous internet forum?
I guess I'm nervous that my advocacy of a specific school could end up having a backlash (on the school and whatever credibility I have as an advocate) if the new students/families don't have a similarly great experience.
I don't have any answers at this point...just questions. Would appreciate input from other parents.