(Closed) Would you want your kid to go to prep school?

posted 4 years ago in Parenting
Post # 3
52 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Nope. Though Eton would be super-cool!

But then, I’m also not sending them to public school either 😉 We’ll be home schooling them – more educational freedom and the flexibility and ability to participate in other enriching extracurriculars. 



Post # 5
1922 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Interesting question! 

I don’t think so… I mean if it seemed appropriate and THEY had the ambition to do it, then I certainly would be encouraging.  But I definitely don’t have it on my list of things I need my child to do.  I actually would have concerns about pressures, recreational activities, and becoming a bit of a d-bag elitist…


Post # 6
1303 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

For me, it would depend on how the public schools were where we lived.  I went to a public school that was very much geared toward “gifted” students, with tons of AP classes and an entire course dedicated to developing a science project for those fancy competitions.  If the public schools in our area weren’t great, I would definitely consider sending my kids to a prep school.

Post # 7
3379 posts
Sugar bee

@peachacid:  No, I used to drive bus for a prestigious prep school in Philadelphia. Although I genuinely cared for those kids I could tell that most every thought they had came directly from their parents mouths and they had no real world experience. I could also tell that they were under an immense amount of pressure and a lot was expected of them. If other people want to send their kids to prep school that’s a-ok for them, but I want my kids to be prepared for real life.

Post # 8
3221 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@peachacid:  we don’t call them prep schools, but there are a small handful of elite private schools in Canada and I will absolutely be sending my child. I went to a very prestigious school from ages 4 to 18, and boarded in my final year. I can’t fathom my child not doing the same – it won’t be an option.

Simply the alumni and peers you connect with is worth the additional academic rigour of these types of schools.

Post # 9
52 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I’ve taken through Diff Eq, so, I’d say so, yeah. I’m hoping to get the kids through Calc III before college. But if not, in my area, most public school students typically only get through Pre-Calc; those interested in scientific fields typically only through AP Calc I or II. 


Besides, there are always tutors, explanatory books, and online videos, or community college classes; that’s the beauty of home schooling! If one learning environment is not suiting your child’s needs, you can always search out another one!


Post # 11
5206 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

I don’t foresee myself having kids but if I did I’d want them to get the best education I could afford. I’m not one of those public school bashers, having gone to public school my whole life, but I see a shift in public education currently and it rubs me the wrong way. Prep school sounds great.

Post # 14
3290 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I’m not all that knowledgeable about prep schools (I’m originally from the South, and as far as I know they’re not really a thing), but are they all boarding schools? I can’t imagine ever letting my child go to boarding school. I think kids are being formed by parental influence right up until the minute they leave for college–I don’t think I’d be willing to give that up any sooner than I absolutely had to.

I believe so strongly in public schools that I think it would be unethical for me not to send my own kids to them. 

Plus, I don’t see any problem with having them wait until college to make their connections and whatnot. They can be kids as long as possible. 🙂

Post # 15
68 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I went to a boarding school in New England, so I may consider sending my child there as well!

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