coverit Posts:996 Followers:3
On 02/27/2012 12:27 PM in General

Anyone send kids to private school?

My wife and I are really leaning on doing that for our son, he turns 5 next week. State of public schooling seems to be getting worse by the year. I went to a Christian school till I hit my sophomore year in HS. The difference in teaching, and discipline, was huge. I coasted the last few years, that's for sure. Wouldn't have traded it for anything though, got to experience life on both sides.

Okay, back on topic, just looking for input and opinions. We're going to tour a couple schools next week. Money sucks of course, but I'm thinking it's for the best.

I must be gettin' old... I still think baseball is cool.

jb Posts:1541 Followers:75
02/27/2012 12:39 PM

If you can afford it, do it. We sent our kids through a parochial school. If you can talk them out of going to a regular high school when they get older....you and they will be alot better off.
For the most part, public schools SUCK...especially where I live......in Ca.


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coverit Posts:996 Followers:3
02/27/2012 01:41 PM

jb, I'm going off a shaky memory at best... are you in San Diego? I'm in CA as well, in Orange County. We moved here for the schools, among other things, but thinking the schools would be so much better. They are, if you pay. If you don't, they suck just a little less than LA county.

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  • 02/27/2012 02:07 PM

    I am up north, near Sacramento


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spooky Posts:4143 Followers:295
02/27/2012 01:42 PM

So when the time came for my kids to go to high school we were moving to an adjacent town and decided to apply to a few private schools for admission. During this time we also checked out the public high school which was in an adjacent town since we didnt have a high school where we were moving. Bottom line after doing all our research we felt it was best to let him attend public high school to meet and greet new friends to get acclimated. It was the best decision of our life. Both kids received tremendous educations and both boys took AP classes and entered great colleges.
So what I believe is that although a private education may suffice in some cases that if your child is willing to be part of the school and work relatively hard they will not be disappointed. If they dont want to work hard then they will probably lag behind and a private school would be best but if your kid is willing to be part of something and work he will ascend and do well at most public schools. This even goes for special education classes if your child is classified for a learning disability. Just make sure you are part of the process.

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coverit Posts:996 Followers:3
02/27/2012 02:16 PM

I agree with you Marc, and that applies to most kids. I think my child would thrive in a public school as well, saving me money in the process. Unfortunately, in CA, the public school system is a joke. And, fast forward 10-15 years from when your kids where in school, and things have become even worse. If it were a question of whether I thought Grayson would do well in a given environment, I'd have no issue sending him to public.

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  • 02/27/2012 02:19 PM

    Dont think Im that old. :( Youngest has only been out of high school for 2 years. But then again he also was the president of the lifesavers club. Which was a drug and alcohol free club. So he was a good kid. While my oldest probably would have been president of the NON lifesavers club. lol He still did great and is a CPA now at 25 yrs old.

    Maybe you should move. lmao

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  • 02/28/2012 02:49 PM

    I would have definitely been in the running for president of the "NON lifesavers club" if such existed when i was in HS. my HS (seabreeze) was in the top 10 stoner schools in high times magazine during the 80's and 90s...greg and duane allman went to school there. anyway, i believe private schools are a waste of money. however, i suppose it all depends on what area you live in.

jb Posts:1541 Followers:75
02/27/2012 02:27 PM

Maybe you should move. lmao

No laughing matter there Marc. Ca. sucks the big one. That's why I am moving in the next 1-2 years. In fact I am looking at property online right now. I hate this fucking state.


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finance Posts:8221 Followers:219
02/27/2012 03:13 PM

Fortunate to have good schools here - oldest in 5th grade and youngest is starting Kindergarten next year...both in public schools...but just like Marc said - you have to be involved.....

They also get to see more of other cultural and socio-economic differences that will hopefully help them relate to all types of people later in life....

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btb Posts:2233 Followers:158
03/01/2012 12:40 PM

We send my oldest to Montessori school shes only 2 but it goes all the way to middle school. All I have read there is nothing that compares to this type of teaching.. Anyway sucks spending the money but I think its worth it

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coverit Posts:996 Followers:3
03/01/2012 12:57 PM

We looked at Montessori, but seriously, the cost was almost double for what the other privates are charging. It's out of our price range in comparison. But, I've heard nothing but good things about it, and one of my co-workers swears it was the best thing she ever did for her kids.

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spooky Posts:4143 Followers:295
03/01/2012 01:18 PM

Montessori is fantastic. We were unable to afford it when my kids were small so it wasnt an option although we did have good friends that sent their kids their. For me it wasnt an option when the kids were little and only in their teenage years was private school an option and with that I was happy with public school and would do it all over again.

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