Just when I thought choosing a preschool was hard enough, now I’m mired in thoughts about kindergarten. The dutchkid has a late birthday, so she is not starting kindergarten until fall of next year. Leave it to me to worry ahead of time.
I think this has been on my mind mostly because unless I make a decision before dh leaves, I will have to figure it out on my own. The next school year will have started before he comes home. And in case you haven’t guessed by the fact that I blog, I sometimes need to talk something into the ground to process it. I just can’t see myself doing that long distance via short phone calls. So school research it is.
I graduated from a Christian school, as did my dh. So for the longest time I figured that a private school would be the route we would go. I’m still leaning strongly in that direction. BUT (you knew there was one, didn’t you)… it is looking very likely that we will be moving after her kindy year. Private education is far, far from inexpensive. I look at the price tag and wonder to myself if it would really be worth it. My
cheap frugal dh definitely wonders. Would one year of a good public school be so terrible? Besides, plenty of Christian families choose to send their children to public school.
If I knew we were staying, I would in all likelihood put her in a Christian school simply for continuity. I value Christian education because ideally I want the teachers that influence the dutchkid to share the values that we have. Plus, as my mother reminded me today, I also want a community of parents that has the same values, particularly when you’re talking about parenting teenagers (aka holding them accountable and breaking up the parties). However, I’m not sure that those things come into play so much when you’re talking about a 5 year old. And there are never any guarantees, I found out today that a teacher at my former high school was just arrested for having a sexual relationship with one of his students.
There’s a public school here we’re seriously considering. It’s small, requires uniforms and parent participation, and it’s year-round. Their test scores are some of the best in my district. The kicker is that it’s not in what anyone would consider a nice neighborhood and the majority of students qualify for free or reduced lunch. Which brings up some things I don’t particularly care to admit… (and I’m sure I’m going to get some outraged comments on this, but I’m trying to be honest). Like the fact that I have somehow become a private-school educated snob. As my dh sniped at me, “What, you don’t want her mixing with the peasants?” I could try to go out of district (they do “school of choice” here) but the test scores aren’t really any better, and the schools are triple the size. It seems wrong even to snobby old me to choose a school because the parents have more money.
As of right now, dh thinks we should give it a try. We could always pull her out and enroll in a private school if it was truly hideous. If the Army sees fit to let us stay here then we would probably switch her to a Christian school at some point before she reached middle school. If we move then I’ll get to make this decision all over again!
Sigh. It’s just hard. Mostly, I feel very fortunate that I have the means to choose. I know a little bit about the choices some of you have made (homeschool, Christian school, independent school) but I would love to know how you figured out that choice was right for you. Others of you I have no idea what your opinion is on the subject. What do you think?