Happy Labor Day!
I too am thinking about a new school year today. But not this school year.
This year my four-year-old is in her second year of preschool (if you missed our Mommy SOS post discussing Preschools in Scottsdale, the comments make it a must-read). But I’m already thinking about NEXT year. The big one. KINDERGARTEN.
So here’s where I’m turning it over to you, more seasoned moms than I. I’m not looking for specific school recommendations (though if you just can’t help but sing your school’s praises, go for it).
What I want to know was HOW you went about your search.
What I’m wondering:
- Did you default to the neighborhood school without a second thought? (does anybody do this anymore??)
- Did you visit neighboring public schools in your district? (if so, what time of year did you visit? did you just simply call the office? tell me about the tours!)
- Did you look at charter schools? Private schools? Consider homeschooling?
- WHAT were your search criteria? Test scores? Class size? Just “a feeling” that it was the right school for your child?
- Did you begin with a particular education philosophy in mind? Or with the personality of your child? Both? Neither?
- Who was the most helpful person in your search? A teacher friend? Another mom? Your husband?
- At what point in the prior school year had you made your decision? What deadlines should I know about?
While I’m grateful we live in a city (and a time) with many education options, I do feel a little nostalgic for a simpler day when I’d just be sending my daughter down the block to the neighborhood elementary school. While this may end up being exactly what we do, I feel pressure to “look at all my options.”