Maisha - posted on 01/15/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )
I'm at a crossroads right now. She started her kindergarten year at a small, private Christian school reading at 2nd grade level. She was tested and skipped to 1st grade, where she's the top reader and excels at math and science. She's also currently reading at a 4th grade level and comprehending at a 6th grade level. They individualize her curriculum to meet her academic needs. I LOVE this because many schools can't accommodate a gifted child in this way.
But she has friends at the local public elementary school and she's recently has been begging to go there instead. I'd decided that I preferred a private Christian education for her early on, but lately, she's been losing motivation and interest in school and makes comments like "I don't like school" (which is NOT like her---she LOVES learning). I'm wondering if she just needs a change of environment. She attended this Christian school since K4 and attended their daycare program onsite since she was 2 months old. I like the school, even though the resources may not be as expansive as a public school's due to their limited funds. Financially, they're pricing is also the most cost effective for such a top flight education. I don't want to pay 2x-3x's more at another private Christian school for an education that's lower quality to what she's getting now. (I've checked out local private schools and their curricula, and our current school beats them hands down...including student test results data). But I also want my daughter to have a say in her own education.
My dilemma is will public school meet her needs? Or will she be expected to slow down until the other kids catch up? I know when I enroll her in 2nd grade, there's no gifted program available in our district and she currently has mastered all 2nd grade skills in reading and most skills in math. Or do I keep her at the private Christian school that I like and watch her lose motivation (I've pretty much decided against doing this). Or do I homeschool her? Any suggestions?