Really very sorry to hear. Especially after all the dedication/effort kids put in for 4 years in high school to get into good schools. It's terrible, but the ironic thing is all Irvine kids are at a disadvantage after having gone to some of the best public schools in the US. If you want to get into Ivy League / Stanford, etc., best bet is to re-locate the fam to Oregon, Oklahoma, some place like that just before high school. By pretty much any quantitative measure, kids from CA or big cities (NY, Chicago, etc.) have to score better to get in and have better "intangibles."
Privates want geographic diversity and it's easier to stand out vs. the competition. Better to go live in the boonies. And if you want to live in SoCal, you're actually better off going to a really bad high school that has no track record of getting kids into good colleges. Elite private schools eat that up..."kid had so little oppty at that horrible high school and look much he excelled. he'll be the first kid from [insert bad high school here] to ever attend our college. Good for our diversity"
Of course, then you take the risk your kid won't get a good education, gets mixed up in the "wrong" crowd, etc...prob risk not worth taking even if it means they can't get into the best college.
If you're Asian, http://www.asianam.org/colleges.htm
- there is obvious reverse discrimination...hope something can be done for future kids...