I went to an all girls, private Sacred Heart, school K-12. I loved it, we wore uniforms hence no clothes budget needed.
My parents had 8 children in private scools at the same time, I will not say it was easy. I ate peanut butter and jelly everyday of my life, there were no restaurants, heck half the time you had to look very hard to find meat in the "beef" stew.
We all worked work study at school to help pay for tuition, the older kids often pulling double duty, for the younger ones.
My parents drove 15 year old cars, while all the other kids in my class got a new car for their 16th birthday.
We lived in the "country", to my classmates anyway, they all lived in town. There was definitely a difference in tax brackets between myself and my classmates.
I however got a great education and I can go anywhere in the world there is a Sacred Heart school and be welcomed as part of their family.
I was a bit of a problem child growing up and I fear if I had gone to a public school it would have been a disaster, the school and the fact that I knew what was sacraficed by my family kept me in line, sort of.
My senior year of HS, I was expelled, because I made a nun cry. I have never seen my mother so angry, she said "I did not sactafice every dime we had and drive you 30 miles to school everyday for 12 1/2 years to have you graduate from (public School). You are to go to that school and get down on your hands and knees and beg with all of your heart for forgivness, or do not come back home. Wow!! This time I think see means it.
I went to school and gave the preformance of an Acadamy Award winner and got reinstated, but could not go back to my Algebra class with said nun, and detention for the rest of the year. But I graduated from that school.
There were 60 girls in my class.