Post # 1
Which one would you rather send your child to? Did you have a personal experience at a private or public school did you like it? Are you trying to send your child there because its a prestigious/well known private/public school
Post # 3
Oh if we had the money, private hands down. Where I live, the government lets the public teachers down so much, and it’s the children (and the teachers of course) that suffer the consequences. I would rather my son be in a private school, for various reasons, but we can’t afford that, so he will be in public!
Post # 4
I went to private schools up until high school when I transfered to public. (My private school didn’t offer AP courses and the work wasn’t as competitive).
I believe I liked the public school more. I was a bit sheltered in the private school. It was a Christian school and I’d never met any Jewish people etc. I didn’t know much about sex or dating, but my public school counterparts did. It maybe gave off the impression that everyone in the world was just like me, when obviously that wasn’t the case.
On the other hand, I knew all the families of everyone at my private school and was with the same kids in every class for 10 years. It was very nice to grow up like that.
Post # 5
Totally depends. If we bought a house in a good school district with very good public schools, we’d do public. If it worked out that we could have a nice house in a not so great public school district but could afford a good private school, we’d do that. I don’t have strong feelings on public vs private, just that my kids go to a very, very good school.
I went to private school, the town where we lived had pretty bad schools plus my parents wanted us to go to religious schools.
Post # 6
If I have the money.. PRIVATE hands down. Maybe we’d switch it up and put them in public HS just for the experience. but for the early years I would prefer private
Post # 7
If I could afford it, my kids would have gone to private school.
Post # 8
I grew up in the private school system K-3 private, 4-6 public, and then 7-college private. Overall I really appreciate my private school education and the added perks and benefits it provided me throughout my life. In comparison with the locals around here my education as a whole was better and much more well rounded. That certainly doesn’t apply to everyone, everywhere but I can only base it on what I see (like my Darling Husband, his family, friends etc).
Now that being said it was very expensive for my family to send me to private school all those years. Locally we have a school system in a neighboring town that is amazing and highly regarded. My Darling Husband and I are considering moving to that area once we decide to have children as a back up to private schooling.
In other words if the public school is of high quality and caliber then yes I would consider it. However, with the way things are right now there aren’t a lot of public schools that can meet that criteria unfortunately.
Post # 9
I went to public school K-10, then private school grades 11-12.
I think the private school was a much better education for me. It pushed me to work harder because I was actually being challenged in my classes (I was a gifted student, and in public school I was bored and screwed off all the time).
Post # 10
I work in education, it’d be hypocritical of me to not support public schools.
I do, however, love love love charter schools.
Post # 11
I don’t think I can vote, because it completely depends on your area. I’m a public school teacher, so I obviously have faith in the school systems. That being said, if the system sucked or was dangerous, I’d never send my children there.
Post # 12
Most likely private. There are like 2 districts in the country (that I know of) that I might consider if we ever ended up there. My fiancé went to a really prestigious boarding school for high school and so if our kids seem like they want to go to boarding school, maybe we’ll send them to my FI’s school. We both went to boarding school (mine is not as well known as his) and loved the experience.
Post # 13
I had experiences with both growing up. My education saga would be too long to type out here, but basically, I switched schools 4 times between 1st and 7th grades. Private, public, private, private, public.
The public schools I went to for junior high and then high school were considered terrible. My junior high was surrounded by housing projects on three sides. I started in a high school class of 800. I graduated in a class of 400. My high school had a day care affiliated with it – for the students, not the faculty. There was a knife fight my freshman year.
But I would pick those schools EVERY TIME over the private ones. They were big enough that if you didn’t get along with one group of kids, there were always others. I had many fantastic, dedicated teachers (and some who were duds). I formed friendships with kids from every race and social class. I got 4’s and 5’s on my AP exams and got into my first choice (Ivy League) college (early admission, so I didn’t apply to any others).
I think public schools are a much, much better preparation for life, especially if your kid comes from a household that already values education, puts a premium on intellectual life, etc.
Post # 14
Is homeschool an option? lol
I think it depends on where we are (city/town wise) when raising a child! Some public systems are excellent and others not so much.
Post # 15
I dont have a private school experience to compare to, but I grew up in a city with top 10 public schools in the state and specifically choose where I bought my house due to its being top 5 public school rating in the state so my kids will be going to the public schools.