When we moved into our cozy little house we were young and kid free. M was starting law school and we really just wanted a house that was close to his school.
We never considered the school district.
I mean, why would we? It’s not like we had kids or anything. We assumed that we’d wait a long while to get ourselves some cute little rugrats and it would be even longer before they started school.
And now, years later, we’re still in our cozy little house, and we have not one, but two kids, and one of them is supposed to start Kindergarten in the fall of 2010.
Which means that we need to figure out where she’s going to go. (And, yes, I know I only just figured out where she was going to go for her last year of preschool, but these things just never stop coming!)
Our school district? It’s not the best. OK. Maybe it’s worse than not the best. The schools are testing way below the State recommended average, and while I know that test scores aren’t everything, they aren’t nothing either. Especially in a State that is ripping school funding apart and denying these poor underfunded schools the money they desperately need to start improving.
It’s still early. I have months in front of me before we need to make a decision. We’re considering some local magnet schools and a few private school options. Nothing is ideal, either because of the timing, the parental volunteer hours required, or, quite frankly, the price tag.
And yes, I know, it’s just Kindergarten and she’ll probably be fine no matter where she ends up. But she’s my baby. I wanted the best car seat for her when she was born, then the best formula and food, and, call me crazy, now I want the best school for her.
I just haven’t found it yet.