Some private schools in New York City are taking their disputes with parents to court. In fact, since 2009, at least five private schools have filed suit against parents for breach of contract.
Parents sign a contract when they enroll their child in a private school. Then they pay a deposit. There is a deadline up to which a parent can withdraw their child from the accepting school and every parent knows that if that happens they will lose their deposit. But some parents ignore the deadline and withdraw their children from enrollment after the deadline, which leaves the school in the lurch for tuition. And that’s why the schools are suing.
Some lawyers have figured out that they can force the private schools on the defensive. They are asking for proof that these late withdrawals are causing financial harm to the schools. The result is that some schools are settling out of court.
Still, a contract is a contract.
Granted, some parents feel the necessity of withdrawal based on changes to their financial situation. That’s unavoidable when it happens. But some other parents are playing the cards with public school gifted and talented programs. If their children are accepted into those programs, then they’ll withdraw on those grounds.
If you enroll your child into a private school in New York City, you should know that you have a deadline date for withdrawing your child if a different option arises. If you withdraw after that date, then you are in breach of your contract with the school. You might get sued.