Matt Damon’s kids rejected by private school

Matt DamonOscar gold doesn’t always have sway.

Academy Award-winner Matt Damon is facing difficulty relocating his family from Los Angeles to New York — specifically when it comes to enrolling his kids in school.

According to the New York Post‘s gossip column Page Six, the Jason Bourne star was trying to get his three daughters with wife Luciana Barroso admitted to St. Ann’s — an exclusive Brooklyn Heights private school — but was rejected.

Apparently, the school told Matt that its classes for next year are booked and there simply isn’t room for his girls, namely Isabella, Gia and Stella.

An insider said, “A lot of schools will bend the rules very happily; they’ll bring celebrities’ kids in midway through the year or do whatever they want. St. Ann’s just isn’t doing it.”

“They don’t care,” the source added.

St. Ann’s has a deep and rich alumni, including Golden Globe winner Lena Dunham and designer Zac Posen, and is currently the institution where Ethan Hawke and Maggie Gyllenhaal‘s children are being educated.

Tuition at the prestigious school runs between $36,080 and $42,555 per year depending on the grade. Students from pre-K to high school are welcome to enroll.

…Or at least welcome to enroll well in advance.

What do you think of the decision to turn Matt and his daughters away? Share your opinions with us!

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  1. Mindy • August 11, 2016 @ 7:12 AM

    Matt Damon married a non-celeb and adopted her kid, so as far as celebs go, he’s possibly one of the least temperamental, spoiled ones. But still, it makes me smile when a celeb doesn’t get their way. Send the kids to P.S. 56 or 89 or whatever number is closest to the swanky condo where they’re living. It’ll be good for them to meet real kids.

  2. rc • August 11, 2016 @ 10:59 AM

    Or he could just buy the school and kick out three students to make room for his kids. Not to mention ditching the Head Mistress.

  3. jkl • August 11, 2016 @ 11:11 AM

    Lena Dunham was an alumnus? She turned out to be a imbecilic, despicable pig. Maybe not such a great school.

  4. Bob • August 11, 2016 @ 11:24 AM

    These private schools caters to the very rich people and not only celebrities. Some places you need to apply to admit your kids years before the child is old enough for school. Removing 3 kids on the list to admit his kids will lead to very angry parents that can afford expensive lawyers and sue the school and damage the schools reputation. He should have applied his kids years ago in order to guarantee admission.

  5. ellen • August 11, 2016 @ 11:34 AM

    i say “good on the school!” — everyone gets treated equally. i cannot see matt damon kicking up a fuss, he’s too much of a gentleman. it is what it is.

  6. Claire • August 11, 2016 @ 11:35 AM

    Everyone is on a list for anything nowadays. It only right/fair that his kids be put at the bottom.

  7. Gwen Collins • August 11, 2016 @ 11:36 AM

    I am sure there are a number of other prestigious school in NYC that he can enroll his kids into. Nice to see some schools not willing to bend their rules for celebrities’ kids. Apply for next year, but meanwhile get your kids into public school before they miss the whole of next year.

  8. Cal • August 11, 2016 @ 12:02 PM

    This isn’t news and shouldn’t ever have been published by you. The children of Matt Damon, and any other celebrity, should be hands off. I’m disgusted that this showed up on my feed. And you should be ashamed.

  9. Marion • August 11, 2016 @ 12:09 PM

    Exactly what Ellen (above) wrote. Good on the school for sticking to its guns and it’s true, Matt Damon is too much of a gentleman to kick up a fuss. I think it was all handled properly

  10. Jan • August 11, 2016 @ 2:21 PM

    Who cares ?

  11. Pietro Antoni • August 11, 2016 @ 2:32 PM

    I really like Matt Damon, but his educational problems are not mine! Let the so-called elite school pass down its judgment. He won’t have a big problem settling the girls in a good New York School. There are a wealth of top notch schools.

  12. Wendy • August 11, 2016 @ 2:38 PM

    I know someone who could pull some strings and we could see what happens but perhaps in my Christian thinking perhaps God doesn’t want him there, there are better private schools out there, do your homework. St. Ann’s is Catholic is it not?

  13. Louise Leamen • August 11, 2016 @ 3:10 PM

    Just because you are famous does not always give you the run of the world
    where you can do whatever you want.
    I consider Hollywood people regular people like us.They just have a different job.
    They are famous because of what they do.
    It sounds like you would have to put your child’s name in the day they are born.
    I am sure that there is another school where Matt can enroll his children in.

  14. Lynn Myles • August 11, 2016 @ 4:17 PM

    Is ther someone that really cares…but, good for the school

  15. Tracey • August 11, 2016 @ 5:07 PM

    He’s a great actor but seriously, who cares!?

  16. april • August 11, 2016 @ 5:38 PM

    There is way better schools out there.
    Find one that is better and stick to St.Ann’s and to not accept an adopted child goes against everything they stand for.
    Here’s hoping they find the right school for them.
    Not public because they have always gone to private and switching is too hard for the children especially with a move in location.

  17. Teresa • August 11, 2016 @ 6:09 PM

    Wow, they treated him like a person. Good for them.

  18. Joanie • August 11, 2016 @ 8:11 PM

    you have to get on the ball and register early if you want
    to get into a certain school. I am sure there are others out there.

  19. Lilliana D • August 11, 2016 @ 9:49 PM

    Matt Damon is the nicest guy in the entertainment business, he is not pretentious, snobbish or rude ever. He married a regular woman not a movie star and that should count. I think St. Ann is being stupid as they have children of other movie stars. I think this puts them in the category of snobs.

  20. Kaney • August 12, 2016 @ 9:44 AM

    Matt is a brilliant actor and seems to also be a dedicated husband and father. Still it is unfair to bend rules for the upper eschelon just because they are wealthy and high profile. Unlike what I would imagine other A- listers who would impart a righteous indignation to the school’s decision….hmm wonder why Angelina Jolie came to mind?….I am certain Matt and his wife will do the right thing for their girls and reinforce the lesson that “not always is anything possible”. Clearly a humble lesson for one in that rarified class of wealth.
    Good values to share with their precious girls

  21. Sylvia • August 12, 2016 @ 2:33 PM

    Lilliana misses the point! Private schools have limited registration so that each student receives maximum instruction time. The school is not being snobbish – just attempting to maintain highest quality or their students. Comprising rules just to placate some celebrity would jeopardize quality. Matt Damon seems like a regular fellow and, I’m sure, accepts that concept.

  22. kate boldon • August 12, 2016 @ 4:30 PM

    He isn’t looking for favors, he’ll just try the next school on his list. gossip writers seem to like to make controversies when there are not any.

  23. David P • August 12, 2016 @ 4:52 PM

    Who cares? That’s his personal business and non of ours.

  24. nael • August 13, 2016 @ 10:58 PM

    Why do we even know about this? Because someone from the school leaked this to the press. Yeah, great school…

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