Private School vs Public?
I think one of the things I underestimated before becoming a parent was how much a really good education for my children meant to me. Oh sure, I wanted them to be brilliant. I wanted them to do their homework without nagging and of course they would be honor roll students!
I never gave too much thought to how that would happen though. I went to public school and just assumed the same for my own children.
Now, my husband and I still intend to send our children to public school.
However, with our oldest headed off to Kindergarten next year…we’re pausing and wondering if we’re really ready for our son to attend all day public school Kindergarten?
I’ve been a stay at home mom since my son was born. I’ve always worked a bit though. For the first few years it was outside the home two days a week at a local Mother’s Day Out. My son (and eventually my daughter) came with me though and was always just a few classrooms away.
I’ve since left Mother’s Day Out, and now I work from home (on this blog and a few other freelancing projects). My kids do attend preschool outside of the home 5 days a week for about 4 hours a day. It’s truly a blessing.
I can get work done while they are at school, and really devote quality time to them when they come home. It’s really helped with that burnt out feeling I had this past summer.
Next year though, the plan was for my son to attend our neighborhood public school for Kindergarten and my daughter would continue on at our church preschool.
Until I realized that they don’t offer half day Kindergarten any longer.
Until I did a bit of digging and found out that in our state, a Kindergarten teacher (ONE teacher) can have up to 22 5-year olds in his/her class.
Until I fell in love with the preschool my children are currently attending.
Until I realized their preschool offers a half day Kindergarten program.
This year, the Kindergarten program at our church (where their preschool is) has a ratio of 1 teacher to 4 children. That’s right, there’s a classroom with 8 children and TWO teachers. Sounds a LOT better than 22:1 right?
I recently was told by my son’s current teacher that the max ratio at (let’s just call it…)Church Kindergarten is 1 teacher to 6 children. (They always have 2 teachers in each classroom as well)
Not to mention, we’re Christian. One more year of Jesus in school vs No Jesus Allowed in public school?
It sounds like a no brainer, but we really are a bit conflicted.
Here are our Pros and Cons of going with Private School vs Public for Kindergarten:
- Half day program
- Low student/teacher ratio
- It’s own home church
- Both kids stay in the same school a year longer
- We have been SO impressed with what our children have learned this year. I know that they get a great education there
- Public school is free. Obviously private is not.
- I worry about him missing out on making friends in his school district
- Even though I’ve been reassured, I worry about the curriculum not matching up. He will attend 1st grade in public school, so it’s important he doesn’t end up behind.
Private school vs public school for Kindergarten is NOT an easy decision! But it is one we need to settle on soon. Registration comes up in the spring and I want to feel comfortable and confident in our decision (whatever it might be) by that time.
I’m not going to lie, my little guy has been shielded thus far in life. He has an innocent wonder in his eyes and the sweetest, kindest heart. He has a love for Jesus that is pure and child like and beautiful. I’m not claiming public school will take that away from him. I wonder though if sticking with private kindergarten will be a gentler way to ease him into the world he’s going to find himself in for the next 12 (at least…add 4 to that for college and even more if he goes to grad school!) years?
I’d love for y’all to weigh in with your thoughts/experiences? I know education can be a HOT topic, so let’s be sure we stay respectful and understand that everyone has different beliefs and makes different choices.
I want to hear from the public schoolers, the private schoolers and yes, the homeschoolers! Chime in and let me know your thoughts!