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Because of class sizes we are thinking of sending our kids to a private school. We have no idea the best way to start this process. ANyone in a private school have some pointer?




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Because of class sizes we are thinking of sending our kids to a private school. We have no idea the best way to start this process. ANyone in a private school have some pointer?


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Maxine writes:
I would suggest going to the school's open houses. WHile you are there ask for some references. I think that you can look at stats, and brochures all you want but once you get to the school, it's kind of like finding a new home... you will know when you find the right one. Go with your gut (but definitely check references).
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mother mary writes:
dpends where you live in the US? do you want a private school with a "faith" base? or not? yes drop in and get a tour- I know the felling our new school is huge !!! and the large class size of concerning....
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tell 1t like it is writes:
My youngst has always gone to a private school and I love it. Class sizes are small and anytime she has trouble in a subject area, I find out about right away and not as a surprise with an unstatisfactory grade on her report card. Her teachers are so wonderful with communication and asking the parents to get involved.
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Kimble writes:
Private school can be wonderful. I will warn you though you need to be very comfortable with the cost. The difference in expense can be difficult to justify. My experience is there is greater individual child focus in private schools but more opportunities for outgoing, adventurous students in public schools, especially in high school. The greatest bang for the buck to me is middle school. It is a time when kids need to develop good habits. Private schools that have a balanced approach encourage strong study habits, exercise habits and team building. Good luck!
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becky writes:
I can agree with all of the above. My son did a year at a public school, while my daughter was in her second year of a private school. Some teachers are great in both schools and some not so great, in both schools. I have experience in both and even though my son responded well to his teacher at the public school, I decided to transfer him to the private school. There was somewhat of a hard time transitioning. By the end of the year things got better for him and both children will be going the private school this coming year, again. Check out the private school(s) in your area and ask around. Talk to the teachers at both private and public schools. The most important thing you should do is tell them what you expect your child to learn and then ask them what are they going to do for your child. Find out the expectations!! Make sure that the school you choose can accomidate for any learning difficulties, if any, that there may be.
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pcarbone writes:
My three children have all attended a private Christian School since they started school. I love the private school setting because it not only reenforces what we are teaching at home, the class size is smaller, and we have one child who is extremely advanced in academics that they have been able to accommodate. The down side to private education is that if their is conflict within the class room, there isn't another classroom for the child to transfer to like in a public school. Also, while working as a volunteer within the school, I've noticed that a private school can't always accommodate a child that has learning difficulties. We have therapists and special education staff come in for periods throughout the day, but sometimes this just isn't enough for some children. If you are serious about putting your child in a private school, I recommend beginning with attending an open house. If the school interests you, the next step to take would be schedule a time for you and your child to attend the school while school is in session. Ask if your child could shadow a student of their age / grade for a period of time. Take time to meet with the principal of the school. Private education is expensive, but is well worth the investment if in the end you have a child that is well rounded academically and is ready to tackle whatever challenges may come their way.
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abbey.perry11 writes:
Me and my brother go to private schools. The class sizes are a lot smaller than public schools. The teachers are great, they really help u a lot when you need it. Whenever one of us gets a low grade, our parents will talk to us about it, and so will our teachers. Our teachers will also try to help us make up the grade. The only bad thing about private schools are that they cost A LOT of money. You also have to take a test to try to get in. To get in, you must be smart, kind, and have good manners. Our classes are math, science, reading, english, social studies, and either spanish or french or latin. Me and my brother like private schools because they are safe and kind (no mean teachers). To start the process of getting into a private school, we recommend visiting the website, the school, and going to open houses.
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kberry5 writes:
Have your child shadow in the private school class. When I taught kindergarten, I had a child come to visit my class and she and her parent stayed all day. I included her in everything the other children did. She attended the next year.
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