We have one daughter and I’ve made it my mission to do anything in my power for her to love school. Perhaps this statement got a roll of the eye but I am actually uncharacteristically calm about this whole process and know she will end up somewhere fabulous! In my mind, loving school equals a love for learning. Perhaps I should be more concerned about test scores when considering schools but I am not. I am not overly concerned about the academic portion – that might sound odd but I know she will learn wherever she ends up.
My husband’s opinion is “she will go to school, learn and be happy”. He is the product of a 100% public education (kinder to college) and the idea of private school (i.e., paying for school) is foreign to him. He is, however, on board with considering both options. I, on the other hand, was privately educated my whole life (kinder to postgrad) with high school being boarding school. My husband loved school, I hated it.
I should also add (in full disclosure) that for my job I work with a lot of these schools – public and private; however, I am not an employee of either. I come to this process with some knowledge – for better or worse.
The schools we have chosen to tour are based on NO mathematical equation other than “I think I like the sound of that school”.
Also, my “strategy” is to not even go for the rooftops, clarendons, etc. I am sure great schools but what are our chances of getting in (and I want this to be over in March).
I have a list of pros/cons of public versus private which I am happy to share as well but I figured this wasn’t the forum?
· Location– we live in the outer reaches of Bernal. I work in this area and my husband works south. I looked at a map and crossed out all but one school that did not fit into our radius
· Community and a place that nurture and support her as she tries to become the person she is (does that exist? Is it everywhere? Is it nowhere?)
· K-8 –(me and everyone else) I don’t want a K-8 just because of convenience. I want a K-8 because the idea of a 12ish year old starting somewhere new sounds horrific to me (it was horrific for me)
· A small(er) school
· A hidden gem – one that we have a decent shot of getting into on the first go-around. I want to be in done in March
· We are open to language immersion
· Later start time
Our publics are:
Creative Arts Charter – this is the one school outside of our radius. Love the k-8 and our daughter is performer. I have high hopes for this school
Buena Vista – K-8 and great location for us. Love the hours (9:30 – 3:30)
Thomas Edison Charter – again, location and K-8
Glen Park - great location. New principal…things are looking up!
Daniel Webster – trying to become a K-8
Starr King Immersion
Flynn – our neighborhood school
Our privates: (again, you will see location being the first determining factor)
Alta Vista – already toured and will post commentary in next post
San Francisco Friends School
Adda Clevenger – don’t know much about this school yet other than we love the location and the lower price tag. As I mentioned we have a performer on our hands so I am intrigued.
Are you passionate about any of these schools? Why?
Are you passionate about a school in Bernal/Mission/Noe/Glen Park/Potrero corridor that I am missing?