What does waitlisting mean?
Let's start with the last question first. Schools typically offer places to more applicants than they have places for, on the theory and experience that they will have enough acceptances to fill their empty seats. In the event that they have fewer acceptances than they expected, the waitlisted candidates are offered whatever places are available. What are your chances of being offered a place if your child is waitlisted? The most competitive schools are least likely to offer places to applicants on their waitlists.
So, if your first choice school waitlists you, what do you do? Treat that as a rejection because, for all practical purposes, that is what it is. Accept a place at one of the schools which has accepted you. Don't give it another thought. After all, you have already determined that all the schools you applied to were great 'fits'. That's all that matters. Be content with the fact that your first choice thought highly enough of you that it waitlisted you.
The truth is that admission is more than test scores and a faultless transcript. The school wants to get to know you as much as possible. Who are you? What subjects do you like? What sports do you enjoy? What is your favorite pastime? Behind all those recommendations and test scores is a real person with dreams, aspirations and hopes. A private school wants to encourage you and help you be all you can be.
The admissions staff are not looking for geniuses or stars. If you have good math grades and think that you might like to explore math in depth, a private school can make that happen. Maybe you want to play hockey on a really good team. Again, the right private school can make that happen. But you will not find the right school for you unless you open up and lay all your dreams and aspirations on the table. Once you do that, the admissions staff can begin to explore all the possibilities with you.
One of the great things about private schools is that they encourage excellence and a well-rounded person. You don't have to be afraid of what others will think if your passion is solving quadratic equations. If you are...