My son is happy at school. Should we move him?

Claire Conroy - posted on 02/08/2012 ( 14 moms have responded )

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My son is 5 and is happy at his school, but things have come out about the school which leads us to believe that it may not be the best school for our child's education.

We moved our daughter at the same age, due to house move and she settled fine. I'm Just worried that my son won't. I really don't want to make a mistake with his education, but I do want him to have a happy school life.



What should I do?

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Pamela - posted on 02/08/2012

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What things have come out? Are they true? Did you investigate or just listen to rumors and gossip? So many times gossip spreads and stories get twisted and exaggerated causing suffering, pain and sorrow all around.



Be honest and intelligent enough to trace down the rumors, speak to the people in charge of the school. Go to the board of education and investigate whatever it is you are hearing. Use your brain instead of your ears to make the best decision. There should be no need to change his school if the rumors you have heard are unfounded.



Gossip, gossip, gossip. I will be so glad when we grow up on this planet and STOP communicating in that manner!

Bonnie - posted on 02/08/2012

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I agree. Don't pull him out during the school year. It will be easier for him to transition at the start of a new year.



Honestly, if the school is failing, I likely wouldn't want my kids there either.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 02/08/2012

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Hmmm......are there better schools in the area that you can transfer him to? I would not yank him mid year, if you are planning on changing him...do it the next year. Also, it might be vital to talk to the administration and discuss what they are planning to do about the failing status. They may change the curriculum next year. He is in kinder right now? Then first grade, you should change schools if they do not plan on HUGE improvements. I would definitely speak to the administration. Do you have a parent council that you can bring up your concerns to? Let them know you are considering transferring him if things do not change, by leaps and bounds.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 02/08/2012

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I guess it would be important to know the circumstances of the school that are making you as the parent unhappy. Could you elaborate?

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Lynn - posted on 02/10/2012

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Go to www.schooldigger.com and www.greatschools.net to check the educational quality of your school, compared to other schools in your area. You can see test scores, teacher to student ratios, how your school is ranked in your county, and if that ranking has risen or fallen since last year.



If your school doesn't measure up, I'd pull my kids out in a hot second! We drive 15 minutes each way, to a better school than the one down the street. We are lucky enough to car pool, but my kids' education always comes first, and I will get them there, no matter how inconvenient it is!

Rachael - posted on 02/09/2012

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If he is getting a good education he will be happy. Miss like to learn. Sometimes to keep them happy and interested on learnining you have to chose a better education with teachers that will challenge him but at the same time not let him get left behind. A child's mind is so important they are in their prime for learning.

Maureen - posted on 02/09/2012

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If you really want to move him wait until next year. We moved because of a job while my son was in kindergarten and the new school was a really big adjustment. He was there for just about 9 weeks. If I was to do the move over, I probably would have waited until the end of the year. They adjust to whatever the situation so he will be fine either way. I would find out what the school is doing to improve. Some of those tests are miss leading. Depends how many minorities and at risk families you have at the school. If you really like the administration and teachers, and he is being challenged he will be fine.

Samantha - posted on 02/09/2012

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What kind of things? Is your child learning and being challenged? Need more information.

Rose - posted on 02/09/2012

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You should be able to view the ofsted report and find out exactly where they are failing. Personally I would ask the school what changes are going to be made before moving him but if I was unhappy I would move him sooner rather than later.

Alisha - posted on 02/08/2012

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Well, he is 5 and you are the parent. It is your job to make the best decisions for him and while his input is important, he is 5 and cannot see the whole situation and picture like you can. I would make whatever decisions necessary and he will thank you for caring so much that you made hard decisions for his well being.

Alexandra - posted on 02/08/2012

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go with your instinct. He is still young, if you feel the school is not good, move him now.

Debi - posted on 02/08/2012

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If you have doubts - follow your best intuition - He is only 5 and as long as you act sure of yourself - He will be fine - They make friends easy at that age.

Claire Conroy - posted on 02/08/2012

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The school has just been classed as failing by ofsted. It's a very caring school, but that's not going to help my sons education if they are failing in important areas.

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