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What Was Your Experience at Your School?

By July 12, 2009

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A couple of readers have weighed in with comments about the private schools which they attended. For example:

I went to Miss Porter's School

My experience at Miss Porter's School was fantastic. I felt very well prepared for college. The faculty was excellent and gave us the freedom to truly discover ourselves. The atmosphere was very tolerant. It is a wonderful school.

How about you? We all want to know the good, the bad and the ugly. You can read more comments and add yours.

Comments

July 14, 2009 at 5:11 pm
(1) Kenare says:

Attention Parents of School Age Children:
PRIVATE SCHOOLS AREN’T WHAT YOU THINK THEY ARE
(General Comment)
This economy may be the best thing that ever happened to your school age children. FYI:Private schools are NOT mandated to follow California State Standards, nor do they need to abide by the federal law: NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND, and the best thing of all is that public schools are NOT mandated to hide child abuse perpetrated by teachers under the rug. Private schools also “Pass the Trash”. Opt for the public schools.
- A Very Concerned Teacher

July 21, 2009 at 2:58 am
(2) kayakmom says:

what an unpleasant shock i recieved when we transfeered our kids from private to public..they were behind the public school kids despite having paid 2 tuitions fo 20K per child for 6 years..now they have many more opportunities and have caught up and surpassed their classmates. great teachers in the public schools..doors are opend to tehm academicall that never were before.

July 21, 2009 at 4:17 pm
(3) KC says:

Yes! Kayak’s mom. I went to private school for K. The nuns were so busy discipling me that I didn’t learn a thing. Then I went to public school back in the 80′s. It had small classroom sizes and I did very well. Now I homeschool my kids which is eqivalent to sending them to private school. I use the same curriculum as the private schools. If I were to put my child back in public school, he would be above grade level. The reason why I pulled him out was because public school did not provide advanced instruction for him. The teacher told me there with 22 kids in the classroom she couldn’t cater to just one. That being understood I have been homeschooling for 3 years now.

July 25, 2009 at 9:15 am
(4) Kenare says:

Dear KC and Kayac mom: Good that you both realize that private schools are NOT under the jurisdiction of the Department of Education. Now, the idea is to spread the word, because from what I understand, through reading about private schools, private schools in many cases, are petitioning for funding from the government. So our tax dollars may be going to private schools who are not mandated to follow California state standards. CAPSO, a private school organization, even prevented, through letters of campaign, 2 senate bills which would have provided some accountability on the part of private schools. Private school/religious schools appear to have clout. But, I believe if word got out, that they’re NOT under the jurisdiction of the Dep’t of Ed., maybe things would change. In one article that I read, the word “funding” appeared about 25 times…virtually nothing mentioned about “children”….So good for you!

July 28, 2009 at 11:31 am
(5) PSStudent says:

Kenare, I went to a private school and had an excellent education. I scored well above normal state test scores, and my course knowledge was high enough that I was able to skip many of my first level college courses. While they are not “under the jurisdiction” of the department of education, most states have specific laws that apply to private schools. A good accredited private school is also usually accredited by the same agency accrediting public schools. This means they must meet the same standards of education, administration and record keeping. Most private schools hold themselves to a much higher standard than public schools. I’m sorry you appear to have had a bad experience (have you worked at and been let go from a private school?). Before you make broad statements about how they are or are not governed, maybe you and everyone who is interested should actually look at schools individually. There are good and bad schools in the public school system too. You have to look for the right fit for your child and yourself. I know my kids will be going to my alma mater! I may have to pay tuition to school, but they are almost sure to receive a full ride to college.

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