“Massive Waiting Lists” at Elite Private Schools as Wealthy Flock To Miami!March 18, 2019
Miami is seeing a big increase in wealthy residents moving from high tax states like New York and California, making it much harder to get into elite private schools in the area, according to Business Insider.
The increase is tied to changes in U.S. Tax Law last year that made it much more expensive to live in high-tax states.
Miami schools say they are seeing a sharp uptick in demand as a result:
- Palmer Trinity School (Coral Gables / Pinecrest) – says the number of families from New York and New Jersey has doubled in the past year.
- Miami Country Day School (Miami Shores / Miami Beach) – has seen an uptick in applicants from New York, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Houston
- Gulliver (Coral Gables) – has been seeing “strong interest from families relocating to Miami both from high tax states and around the world,” and has a wait list for certain grades
- Ransom Everglades (Coconut Grove) – says their waiting lists are always full
An elite school based in New York called Avenues is also opening in Miami to meet demand.
Avenues’ New York campus charges $54,000 a year. It will open at Archbishop Curley-Notre Dame High School in 2021, according to the Herald. The school also has campuses in Sao Paolo, Brazil and Shenzhen, China.
Palmer Trinity School, an independent college prep Episcopal Day School in Miami that’s ranked among the area’s top private schools, has seen a jump in families from New York and New Jersey applying to the school in the past year. The Admissions Office stated “numbers have doubled since last year.”
Miami Country Day School, ranked the fourth-best private school in the Miami area by data analysis company Niche, has also seen an uptick in applicants from New York, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Houston, Ingrid Palmisano, the director of admissions and financial aid, told Business Insider.
Cliff Kling, the president of Gulliver Schools, which Niche ranks No. 3 in the Miami area and where tuition runs between $17,320 and $36,680 per year, said the school does have a waiting pool for certain grade levels. The school has been seeing “strong interest from families relocating to Miami both from high tax states and around the world,” Kling told Business Insider.
For some of Miami’s most exclusive schools, extensive waiting lists are the norm, so an uptick in applicants isn’t necessarily noticeable.
Ransom Everglades School, the No. 1 private school in Miami-Dade County by Niche that costs $39,950 per year, always has a surplus of applicants, according to Amy Shipley, the school’s director of communications.