Pay to Play
Admission rates at the best New York private schools are lower than those at ivy league schools like Harvard. The competition is so intense that some parents are willing to pay recreation “experts” $400 an hour to teach their sheltered kids how to be kids!

“It’s not game time,” insists Suzanne Rheault, CEO of Aristotle Circle. “It’s a mock play date but the parents can see how they would react if it were real. So we simulate it.”

Tutors expose rich kids to foreign concepts like sharing in order to prepare them for the admissions test known as the Early Childhood Admissions Assessment (ECAA), which costs another $500.