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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Parenting Vent...private school might be an option...

Sorry I have been M.I.A. I have had a busy couple of weeks at work and Tre' has started his Fall term at school. Let me start off by saying...

Finding the right type of education that best fits your child's learning needs as well as finding a school that fits into your expectations as a parent is a challenge.

I consider myself to be a pretty picky person when it comes to my children and it has been a struggle finding a school that best fits Tre's intense love for learning and discovery, as well as his vivacious personality. We are not all sold on his current school and have been determined to find the right place for him. We want a place that has a balance of outstanding education, fun extracurriculars, and a high level of parent involvement opportunities. That of which is currently lacking.

We are now researching the possibility of sending him to a private school. Although we don't have the finances outright to support such a lofty option, deep down in my heart, I know where there is a will there is a way!!! Especially, being a product of a private school, where my parents were in the same boat as us- but somehow they were able to send three children.

Over the next couple months we will be hitting up open houses, school fairs, and applying to ever scholarship we can find. I was so ecstatic to find out that now many area private schools are offering need based scholarships beginning in the Kindergarten, where before it was 6-12th grades ONLY.

As we continue to enrich his little mind outside the classroom our search will continue for a school that can challenge him inside the classroom. We shall see where this road will lead. Please keep us in your prayers. I know that God has a plan.



Barbie said...

Parents like you add another dimension of joy to teaching. You're a rare breed.

GlaminCincy said...

Hey Auntie Barbie, as a teacher, maybe you can lend some advice... our public schools seem to be lacking in everyway and we are just not pleased with where he is now (a charter school). The admin seems to not want any sort of parent interactions, no PTA, and the space they are in is crampped. I like the teacher he is with but anytime I bring an positive idea or concern she always plays the role that her hands are tied....what would you do?

Barbie said...

Well the thing about charter schools are that they are political and not reformational. So its very intentional that admin are not wanting parents involved. I wouldn't pull him out just yet, but if you're concerned about content and quality instruction, ask to see his teacher's lesson plans. Email thoughts about how Tre can continue learning at home and how he can be engaged more in the lesson (and cc the admin). If this seems too audacious for them; then its time to go and consider other schools. Public schools are lacking but quality teachers still exist. Next trip see how instruction is delivered. Is it engaging, age appropriate, differentiated (to address indiv learning styles)? Do the teachers have an open door policy? And ask about other ways parents can be involved. Its a challenge but you have to know what to ask. Heck ask how funds are allocated, get gritty! Call