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I moved into my neighborhood over 10 years ago mainly due to the positive reviews the school system had been receiving for the past several decades. Unbeknownst to me, the state of our school district was rapidly declining and by the time my daughter was ready for middle school, the public schools in our area were simply not an option. I made the decision to enroll my daughter in private school and many sacrifices came right along with my choice. There were several challenges ahead;

1)Tuition
2) A significant travel distance to and from school
3) Would my daughter adjust?

I tightened up my budget, enlisted my mother’s help in transporting my daughter 35 minutes each way daily to her new private school.

By the time she reached the 7th grade, the writing was on the wall; she was undoubtedly receiving a stellar education, but at the price of being crippled socially. I heard mixed responses when I reached out to friends and family for advice. The remarks ranged from:

“Who cares if she likes it, she’ll get a college scholarship?!”

“Maybe you should teach her at home?”

After considering the pros and cons of it all, I regretfully pulled her out and she was placed in a top rated charter/ public school.

I had found the perfect mix of a socially enriching environment coupled with a curriculum that was challenging for my little genius. The remnants of the distraught and lonely child we would drop off at the private school each morning soon faded away to everyone’s delight! It’s a very personal decision and I encourage you to take into strong consideration the type of child you have and the settings in which they seem to thrive the most. Do your research and you may be surprised to find a go between that works just as good if not better for the overall development of your son or daughter.

Words By by Sid Powell

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