This year, we had to pull our two middle school children from their private Christian school and place them in our local public school.
I wrestled with the decision for a long time and held out as long as we could. However, financial constraints were no match for this Mama’s tug-o-war.
To my pleasant surprise, my kids are flourishing at their new school. Academically , they are excelling. In fact, they have a larger selection of elective classes. My daughter took an art class on the high school campus and is currently enrolled in a drama course. My son took an office administration class and is now taking a swim unit.
Socially, they have branched out and made new friends as well as reconnected with sosomold friends. This was especially beneficial for my daughter, because last year’s class only had five girls. As a result, two would pair up and then another two which often excluded her. At her new school, if someone doesn’t want to hang out, there are five hundred others to chose from.
Morally, I miss the fact our children don’t attend chapel or bible study anymore. However, they are still connected to their faith through church, reading their bibles, youth group, etc. I lean on God’s word that promises to train a child up in the wayhe/she should go and he/she will not depart from it.
All in all, I am very pleased with Austin and Alicia’s new school, and they are happy there. Also, I’ve learned a valuable lesson that both private and public schools offer our children an excellent learning environment.
Have you ever wrestled with a tough decision on behalf of your child(ren)? If so, how did it go?