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Demand differs from school to school and across grades, and may be up for high school even in places it is down for kindergarten. Applications for the 10 to 15 seats at Trevor Day School in Manhattan increased by 100, to about 250, said Pam Clarke, head of the school.
Frank C. Leana, a private consultant in New York for admissions to high school, college and graduate school, said he has seen a slight increase in demand for private high school from the families he advises.
The economy has put inordinate emphasis on the necessity of an educations leading to job prospects after college, and rightly or wrongly, people equate a private school education with a stronger likelihood of that, Leana said in an e-mail.