Kindergarden angst

standard September 4, 2009 7 responses

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.

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  • When my oldest was almost 4, we moved so we could have access to a better school system. Best decision we ever made – sure we’re in a suburb type of city, but it’s got fabulous schools, a great community atmosphere and oh yeah, not so much crime. Yay!

    If moving is not an option then hopefully you can do some school tours asap and get yourself a short list you can live with – it might be hard but I bet when you see them all you’ll find something that works!

  • Check churches, out best kindergarten around is a church school, and the church actually subsidizes tuition for EVERYONE so the kiddos get a great education!

  • If all the “smart” kids and caring parents avoid a struggling school district, then all the money in the world isn’t going to make that a good place to go to school.

    It’s a tough decision, but maybe your sticking with the area schools and volunteering there could be the change you want to see in the world.

  • My school is super awesome, but the youngest we teach is sixth grade, unfortunately. 😛

  • When we moved into our house, we had kids, but we weren’t thinking about schools either. Fortunately we got really lucky. I hope you are able to find something that works for you. It’s stressful.

  • sometimes an underperforming school can actually be a blessing. Your child has opportunities to shine, being involved as a parent can be very fulfilling (you feel like you are making a difference) and I think the funding to underperforming schools is less likely to be cut that the funding to high achieving schools.

    I think parental involvement is a large measure of a school’s success….

  • Hey,I’m in your school district, too. Santa Clara, right? We did public kinder here for the first year and realized that public school wasn’t for us. I spent the next 2 years researching EVERY, and I mean EVERY school in the Bay Area. Let me know if you want any insight or suggestions :0) We finally found a great progressive lab school for our older son and our younger one will likely go there, too.

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