Manhattan’s private schools offer advantages that the bucolic boarding schools of Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire cannot hope to rival: proximity to cultural institutions, the ability to buttonhole a vast assortment of dignitaries and artists for lectures at a moment’s notice, the comforts of living in one’s own well-appointed home rather than in a shared dorm room.
But operating an elite educational institution in the midst a metropolis presents a nettlesome problem: where to build the lacrosse fields, squash courts and swimming pools so central to the prep-school experience?
Elisabeth Krents: it’s a name that you may have not heard of before today, unless you are a parent going through terrifying trial by fire that is getting your beloved spawn into a New York private school. Ms. Krents is Dean of Admissions of the UES Dalton School–which is where half the characters on Gossip Girl went so is undoubtedly the best school in the entire world–and today The New York Times devoted an entire profile to the person Bill Keller once named the most powerful person in New York (so did we, actually!), full of anonymous quotes from parents too terrified to oust themselves and put their children’s chances of getting into the prep school in any danger.
But here’s what you might not know about Ms. Krents…