I’ve mentioned previously that Marc and I have decided to send our boys to private school when they reach kindergarten age, in large part because we feel they won’t get as good an education. If you aren’t satisfied with your local public school, you may want to consider the following alternatives:
- Moving or Relocating. This is a pretty drastic measure, but one that many families have taken throughout the years. In fact, I have a couple of friends who’ve moved to the supremely expensive Palos Verdes area on the theory that they will invest their money in a house instead of paying for private school. For us, moving is too high a price to pay because our commuting time would triple and we’d be moving away from family, and that’s assuming we’d stay in the LA area. I’ve already explained why we won’t move out of LA.
- Magnet schools. I’m not sure if that term is specific to Los Angeles or California schools, but magnet schools are public schools for children who are gifted and talented. I looked into this, but the nearest magnet to us doesn’t start until first grade, and magnet schools for higher grades are a pretty good distance from our house. Also, there’s no guarantee our children will get in, or that their friends will continue on to the same school as they get older.
- Public school exemption. Some of the public schools in our area have a better reputation than the one that’s a few blocks from our house. I looked into getting an exemption for the boys to attend one of these schools, but we wouldn’t find out that we had gotten the exemption until a month before school starts. And again, the boys would have to make new friends when they enter middle school.
- Homeschooling. I don’t think I’m up to the challenge of homeschooling, and I think there’s a lot to be gained from the social aspects of attending school. But I’d be remiss if I didn’t point this out as a legitimate choice.
- Private school. I’ve listed this last simply because it’s the most expensive option out there. There are a wide range of tuition prices, though, so it could very well cost less than a full-time daycare or preschool.