Well bug is 4 going on 5 and I really want to send her to Pre-K. She’s such a smart girl already but the only people she’s usually around is hubby and me. I would love for her to go to school, not only to learn but to be around kids her age as well. She loves playing with kids but because she’s around us most of the time she’s getting to be really shy and quiet around them. Hubby thought it was a good idea too, so our adventure began….
There are a few private schools in our town (we’ve always wanted to send her to private school because we feel like it’s a bit more intimate between the faculty and the students because there are so few of them) so we set our sights on one and set up a tour; we initially wanted to try and get her into Kinder but they were full so Pre-K it was. After being shown around the little school and meeting some of the teachers and other staff we fell in love with the school. They gave us all of the paperwork to fill out and the tuition chart.
*Cut to us sitting at home that evening* After we thought about it we realized that we did have a way to pay for her tuition for Pre-K so that she could go this year and we had everything else figured out. Then we started thinking, it came out to $4,002 for Pre-K and the price would go up from there. That price is the tuition plus the registration fee (which we understand) plus $100 for school supplies. This is where hubby raised a red flag. $100 for school supplies?? Are they crazy?? I thought it was simply because it was the supplies plus any extra for projects and whatnot but after a while of thinking about it I, too, had to admit that was quite a bit.
So, we not only took that into account but we also thought about how we would have to pay for the following years as well. (The school is only up to 4th grade and then we’d have to send her somewhere else.) It would come out to around $30,000 for Pre-K thru 4th grade to send her there. That’s way too much to justify. I realize that it’s much more expensive in other places but for our cost of living and the median income in our area it’s much more than people can afford.
I looked into the schools that we have and the one the we are in the area of (we have 5 elementary schools in our town) I was honestly suprised to see that their test scores aren’t only higher than all but one of the other schools but also higher than the district and state scores.
So, we have decided to wait until next year to send her to public school and see how that goes. We just really want her to like it and be happy. We have until next year to teach her some more about her numbers and letters so she’ll be uber prepared. 🙂