Lisa Martin is a mom to two kids ages four and seven. She’s has 4 blogs of her own, writes on our Eco-Friendly blog, and also does freelance social media work and writing. She also owns her own daily deals site called Lisa’s Mom Deals.
I use to be one of those people who said “I will never send my kids to private school”. I was that girl in high school who dyed their hair all the colors of the rainbow and rebelled wherever I could. Then I had my own kids.
A year before my daughter started kindergarten my local school district (which was excellent when we moved here) had a referendum with an ultimatum – either the referendum passes or the school district was cutting music, art, teachers aids and extra curriculars. Needless to say, the referendum did not pass, and the school district did what they said they would. (I do think they have brought back the teacher’s aides. They still don’t have a decent art or music program).
What do you do when your child’s school district isn’t up to par? Where do you send them instead? For us, we looked at a ton of other schools. Since we live in the suburbs of Chicago, we don’t qualify for the charter and magnet schools you hear about on the news. That’s not our district. Our only choice was private school. For us, we made the decision of a Catholic school.
We are Catholic, so it isn’t a huge stretch to send our kids to Catholic school. My daughter now gets art, music, gym, religion, and computers once a week. She is in a small classroom in a small school where everyone looks out for everybody else. For us, it was the right decision especially since we recently got a letter letting us know that our public school was on the “watch” list for the second year for No Child Left Behind.
How did you decide where to send your child to school?