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    08-19-2012, 11:33 PM
  #11
Trained
Well, you have to provide your own transportation to many private schools. Minor draw back - until they are 16 and can drive themselves. And, it's an added expense. I have never understood why busses only run to public schools. Also, you "pay twice" when you pay tuition b/c you still have to pay taxes toward public school funding.

To me, it is well worth all the sacrifices that we have made to send our children to private schools. From what I have witness, kids that attend private schools tend to be more considerate of their classmates and more academically and community oriented - overall.
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    08-19-2012, 11:36 PM
  #12
Trained
I was sent to a private Jewish school. I was well prepared for college when I got there.
I sent both my daughters to private Jewish schools for a better education and to ensure they understood how important being jewish is.
Boys and girls were seperated during class.
There were no sports and academic excellence was stressed.
I have put enough money aside to assure that my grandchildren have the same opprotunities. Shalom
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    08-19-2012, 11:54 PM
  #13
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Missy May    
Well, you have to provide your own transportation to many private schools. Minor draw back - until they are 16 and can drive themselves. And, it's an added expense. I have never understood why busses only run to public schools.
School buses are NOT provided to all public schools. I grew up in MD and school buses were only provided to kids who did not live on the Military base. Us Military brats walked a 1/2 mile to the elementary school, 1.2 miles to the Jr High and 3 miles to the High School. Moved to CA when my dad retired and unless you lived more than TEN miles from the school, too bad, so sad, happy hiking!

My kids also went to school in CA (different district) and zero buses unless you were differentially abled (the short buses....). I moved them to a charter school that had 2 buses but 500 kids, so busing was lottery and if your name was not drawn... too bad, so sad, enjoy driving as the school was a mile away from the nearest house (I drove 20mins each way). The few who did win the bus lottery still had to be driven to the bus stop as to save $$ there was 2 mass stops at local parks (which were nowhere near where the kids lived).

Moved to CO a few years ago and I was floored, we have buses! My kids were bused waaaaay the heck out of town to a school in the middle of nowhere! We lived within 5 minutes of three schools but yet my kids had an hour ride to nowhereville.

Moved to nowhereville They still have an hour ride but at least it's now because the school is 2 or 3 towns over (elementary is 2, middle and high are 3)!! It's an extremely rural route which has it's perks... I have door to door service, in nice weather she picks up/dumps at the mailbox, in rainy, snowy or FREEZING, she kindly uses my circular drive and picks up/dumps at my front door.
     
    08-20-2012, 12:20 AM
  #14
Trained
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Originally Posted by Delfina    
School buses are NOT provided to all public schools. I grew up in MD and school buses were only provided to kids who did not live on the Military base. Us Military brats walked a 1/2 mile to the elementary school, 1.2 miles to the Jr High and 3 miles to the High School. Moved to CA when my dad retired and unless you lived more than TEN miles from the school, too bad, so sad, happy hiking!

My kids also went to school in CA (different district) and zero buses unless you were differentially abled (the short buses....). I moved them to a charter school that had 2 buses but 500 kids, so busing was lottery and if your name was not drawn... too bad, so sad, enjoy driving as the school was a mile away from the nearest house (I drove 20mins each way). The few who did win the bus lottery still had to be driven to the bus stop as to save $$ there was 2 mass stops at local parks (which were nowhere near where the kids lived).

Moved to CO a few years ago and I was floored, we have buses! My kids were bused waaaaay the heck out of town to a school in the middle of nowhere! We lived within 5 minutes of three schools but yet my kids had an hour ride to nowhereville.

Moved to nowhereville They still have an hour ride but at least it's now because the school is 2 or 3 towns over (elementary is 2, middle and high are 3)!! It's an extremely rural route which has it's perks... I have door to door service, in nice weather she picks up/dumps at the mailbox, in rainy, snowy or FREEZING, she kindly uses my circular drive and picks up/dumps at my front door.
I grew up in AZ - and they went pretty darn far out. A ten mile limit would have been laughable.

Nowadays MWR busses will bus kids on base to the bus stop, or the school...which they should!

When my kids were really little I told them I had to walk miles in the snow to get to school. They still hold this tale against me. I was waiting until they realized it doesn't snow much in the desert!
     
    08-20-2012, 12:34 AM
  #15
Green Broke
I told mine that too.... they didn't believe it. Sad part is it was TRUE!! We lived on-base but my Dad worked at a facility off-base, so he took the only vehicle we had that could navigate snow and when it snowed, we had no choice but to walk.

My kids have no idea how good the have it. I plow our 1/2mile driveway with the ATV and the bus drives to our front door. I used to make the over mile walk to the Jr High in 2 feet of snow. All the kids in the neighborhood walked together so we could take turns as to who went first since as small kids, it was torture breaking a path!
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    08-20-2012, 12:43 AM
  #16
Weanling
I hate my public school so much. We have uncaring teachers, poor disciplines for delinquents, cameras that are only focused on the entrances of the school and at none of the lockers, a bitch[excuse my language] of a school counselor, and has "okay" classes being offered...
There is absolutely no punishment for bullies.
I personally had to go to a different school for half a year because of bullies. I am still bullied even though I'm going to be a junior.


I wish I could go to a private school but I'm in the middle of no where with not much money.
     
    08-20-2012, 12:46 AM
  #17
Weanling
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Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
Just want to hear opinions, personal experience, and pros and cons.

Public schools in my area are considered to be one of the best in country, but people still send kids to private schools, which is expensive and not always possible to afford (BTW, are there loans like for college?).
I will try not to get wordy..I have a wide range of experience (kind of scary to think about..lol) I grew up in the pvt school system...great education..breezed through College..my kids went to prvt school 1 for 5 years, 2nd kid for 9 yrs///both home schooled for 1 yr///now younger 1 goes to Public and older one does online high school based from our states University with pricey tuition. Honestly, all of the above have pros & cons. Both of my kids are academically strong & well behaved kids. There was a lot more teaching at the higher end of the bell curve in the pvt school system..However, especially at the high school level..waaay more opportunity for variety in the public school....ex. Pvt offers 2 maybe 3 languages..public offers 8. I have heard that public schools have more services offered for educational special needs than prvt but this area is not in my experience. Prvts don't have loans but financial aide was fairly easy to get every year. Hope some of this helps
     
    08-20-2012, 07:33 AM
  #18
Trained
I was firmly n the belief that public schools were OK until my oldest daughter came home and told me about a classmate that was pregnant.
I wanted my children to have a chance to mingle with children of diverse cultures and races.
I then sent them to a school where everyone was Jewish, they were taught hebrew, and they had to wear long sleeve shirts and basically poodle skirts that came to well below the knee and long stockings that covered the rest of thier legs.
They hated me. After aceing thier collge entrance exams they said thanks. Shalom
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    08-20-2012, 07:54 AM
  #19
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Thank you for sharing, folks! And BubblesBlue, I'm sorry for your experience. :(

I went to public school myself, got a GREAT education (I was extremely lucky to have several teachers with talent from God), but yeah, bullies were there (as well as some other "stuff"). I never had an issue to stand up for bullies, still school years are not the best of my memories except those teachers (unlike university that I loved).

And sorry for the dumb question, but are ALL private schools religious? From what I see around they are (Catholic, Jewish, Christian, etc.).
     
    08-20-2012, 08:12 AM
  #20
Green Broke
In the UK no they are not.

I went to Boarding school here and it was the best experiance of my life and I wish I could go back.
My biggest class was 10 people. During my A levels my biggest class was 7 and my smallest was 1!
The teachers were brilliant and truely gifted! They worked so hard and they were rewarded.
Discipline was strict, teachers tolerated no nonsense.
We had brilliant facilities, lovely environment for learning, academically able students were pushed to our utmost, less able people were pushed down routes that would give them Qualifications that would set them up for life (one lad in my year struggled to get even GCSE maths at D grade, so was pushed into the outdoor leaders, PE and applied business route, he now owns a chain of Gyms worth millions of )

The whole school was inspiring and every ex pupil that I have spoken to wishes that they could go back.
     

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