Private vs. Public Schools, any thoughts?

Alice - posted on 04/14/2010 ( 14 moms have responded )

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My son is starting kindergarden in the fall and while I am happy with our decision, I know I am also bias in my opinion. Greatly appreciate any thoughts!

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Delilah - posted on 03/07/2013

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I always thought that I would put my kids into a private school. But now that I'm actually a mom, I'm debating it. My sister sends her girls to a private school in WA, she says she loves it. My son is going into first grade next year, I think I want him to go to a private school like my nieces but I haven't found one I like yet. http://www.brooklakechristianschool.org

Holly - posted on 08/22/2011

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Private all the way! My children go to public and as a parent, I HATE it! We get some great teachers, but the curriculum is sometimes not fitting for my child. The schools only teach the kids with one mission, for the kids to pass the state require testing. The schools lose funding if they don't meet test scores (in Washington), the teaching isn't about educating your children and feeding their curiosity, it is about teaching them exactly what is on the exam so the scores are good. I wish I had the money to send them to private school or homeschool them. I went to private school for most of grade school and all of high school and KNOW that the private schools were so much more advanced than public schools academically. Private schools have the resources to hold your children more accountable and give your child extra help if they need it. Once my kids hit Middle school, they were pretty much just another number (so to say). I am sure some public schools are good, but our experience on a whole, for the past 12 years, has not been. I have a 19, 15, 14 and 7 year old, so I have a lot of years in

Cheryl - posted on 04/20/2010

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I think private school is a waste of time and money.public school is good for our children.

Pat - posted on 04/19/2010

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I think public schools are very good for children. I attended private schools, boarding and day, from K-12. It is like a fantasy world in a private school. things can actually be worse. just because it's a private school doesn't mean the same things don't happen, they do. there are fights, there's bullying, clicks, all the same things you have in public school, sometimes worse. I think public schools actually prepare students better for how things are in the real world. parents aren't going to be able to be there for every scrape, argument, and yes, fights that their children may have or get into. Children are more resilient than people give them credit for. If they are sheltered throughout their entire childhood they are going to be in for a shock when thy go off to college and eventually get jobs in the real world. I think private schools shelter them from the "bad" things that can happen. Of course it is a personal choice. I think public schools are just as good as private and many ways better. I also believe there is more diversity in public schools than in private. my 2 cents. Good Luck!

Cheryl - posted on 04/19/2010

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I was going to send my daughter to a private school but they wanted four thousand a year i rather save my money instead. Public school are good but you have to find one that is good for your son.

Natasha - posted on 04/19/2010

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I think you need to look at the school system in your area. If you are in a great school system with a good child to teacher ratio the level of education would be the same. I personally would consider private school if the school system I was in was horrid and the child to teacher ratio was terrible.

Kryss - posted on 04/17/2010

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Well, i noticed that you have made your decision already but as a i use to be a christian school student i can speak from the experience...it was good for me and my sistersand as long as it is accredited then its awesome! I am going to homeschool my son next yr using the materials that i was taught by...I dont care for how the public school system in my area is...and i have had too many meetings with them in the last 3 yrs...when i put my son in school the pre k and the 1st and 2nd was fine then we had to move to a different district...and that school has just been awful, but , i think each child is differrent and you have to find wht wrks for your child.

Nina - posted on 04/17/2010

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Yes. we are starting kindergarten too. Her biological dad hates private schools. (bc of how the kids act?? he says) Anyways, step dad has a 9 year old son that the mom has primary custody of in a different state. Now I tell you this bc we have seen what the public school system will allow, yet alot falls also on the parents. My step son, last year in the 2nd grade could not read until I begged the school to put him in remedial classes to help him out. He could not sound out words etc, was on a kindergarten first grade level. This was our first year of having him and so lost on it. His class size was 29-32. No wonder the teachers prior did not catch it. We paid for private school in the summer when we had him, and he is now on a 2nd-3rd grade level, in the 3rd grade.
Also my daughter will be starting kindgarten this year. Looking at student teacher ratios of 1 to 26-28 per class .That is NOT acceptable to me, with elementary kids! She will be attending a private school that is 1 to 15. You get what you pay for. Also take in fact, the ratio of how many kids repeat grades, complaints the school has had, also extra curricular activities. Some schools offer, band and computer lab for kindergarten now....
However, private schools are very expensive, here we got 10 months out of the year and its about $380 a month, others in our area are as expensive as $900 a month. Good luck to you and your child :)

Alice - posted on 04/15/2010

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Thank you for all the input! We have chose to go private. There were a great many choices. We are fortunate to live in an area fairly bursting with schools, public, magnet, private. We did quite a bit of research and while all the schools around here public or otherwise provide adequate curriculums, two schools, both private, were always ahead in the running. We have friends on both sides of the fence on this issue. I like to think of opinions as pennies, it never hurts to have a few extra. :) Thanks again!

Stephanie - posted on 04/15/2010

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My son was in public school for kindergarten and he ended up in a lot of fights. The school had hundreds of kids out in the school yard for lunch but they only had 6 people to watch them. This year we put him into a Catholic school and the experience has been much better. He hasn't been in one fight and when we was getting picked on the teacher dealt with it right away. I'm very happy with our decision. It may just be my area of the city that has the problem with the overcrowded public school.

Angie - posted on 04/15/2010

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Our son attended both private and public school. We did a lot of research into the schools he attended and we have been both happy and unhappy with both options. He is now a high school junior and is taking college classes. We were always very involved (sometimes too involved) with his education. He has gone to school in 3 different states and we have found that the best thing we could do was contact the school early take a tour during school hours to determine what is best for our children.

Valerie - posted on 04/14/2010

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I think it is important to check out the school, the philosophies, the teacher, talk to other parents and then after all is said and done TRUST YOUR GUT! I have attended private and public schools and have had a child who did the same. There is good and bad with both...none is perfect because it is public or private but because of the people and the program in place...all the best with your decision

Judy - posted on 04/14/2010

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My daughter went to a Christian School during pre-k and it was 'private' because you had to pay the tuition and I LOVED it! I think private schools are good because they are usually, not always, smaller classes and the student gets more one on one time. Now, my daughter is in public school and I am not too sure on what I think about it yet (I know it seems crazy since the school year is over in a month). This particular school takes field trips and the parents don't always know about them. Just the other day my daughter told me they went out of town. It makes me nervous. I think I signed a form the beginning of the year oking it but I seem to also remember writing on there "with notice of field trip". She is in kindergarten and is reading at a 1st grade level almost 2nd grade level. I don't know if that is because I work with her at home or because of the teaching at school. I like them both for different reasons but I LOVED Open Door (the name of her old school). The teachers there were a lot nicer and seemed more loving. Unfortunately, my husband was working in the oil field and was laid off before kindergarten and while he had another job already lined up, it didn't pay as much. So for us we HAD to put her in public school. I just think you should do what makes you and your child happy (without breaking the bank). Just out of curiousity, what did you decide?

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