- 4 years ago
- Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa
We aren’t pregnant or TTC right now, but FI and I have been talking about how when we do have kids, we’d like to send them to private school if we are financially able. Being a curious and research-minded individual, I did some looking to see what kind of private schools there are in the Denver area. Every single one of them is religious. Tons and tons of Christian & Catholic schools, and two Jewish schools (one elementary/middle and one high school).
FI and I aren’t religious, but given the options, I much prefer Judaism over Christianity. But when I was reading the school’s website, they made it sound like they would be testing your kid on their knowledge of the Torah in their entrance interview. Huh? Granted, theoretical kid would be 4 or 5 at the time and wouldn’t probably be expected to know a ton, but I’m a little concerned about our options for private schools in general.
So, to those who attended, have kids who attend, or have some other knowledge of private schools:
1. Will it be difficult to get our non-religious kid into a religious school?
2. Will we face any backlash, hard feelings, etc for not being religious but utilizing a school that is? (Though of course we would pay tuition like everyone else)
3. Do private schools have a tendency to allow for any customization of the curriculum? For example, during the Torah study time, could the kid say, join another class for advanced math or something instead? (Of course we would leave it up to the kid as to what they want to do- if they want to study the Torah, by all means, go ahead.)
Anything else we should consider?
Thanks for your help! I’m blown away that there are zero secular private schools in our area- Denver isn’t exactly known for being a religious area.