When we were growing up, all the kids in the neighorhood went to the neighborhood school. All the parents worked in the town in which we lived, or maybe the town over. It's just not that way anymore. I don't know anyone who works in the town where we live. My friends and their husbands work elsewhere. Everyone commutes. Kids attend different schools, all over the place, either by the parents' choice or because they were overflowed to a school out of this neighborhood due to overcrowding.
Our neighborhood school is one of the better ones in the district based on API scores. It's fairly newly built and is well maintained. But it's crowded, like every other public school these days. And due to budget cuts, the class sizes in the primary grades are growing. The thought of Drew being in a first grade class next year with 35 other six and seven year olds freaks me out. I just think it's virtually impossible to get the best education in such an overcrowded environment. My job is to be sure my kids get the best education. Therefore, the hunt begins.
We are looking at charter schools and private schools. I just can't believe that I am going to be one of those. I want to support public schools. I was a public school teacher. Mom is a public school teacher. I am a product of public schools and I think I turned out just fine. But things aren't as they once were and so I'm changing with the times. I'm disappointed in the fact that we live in this community yet we don't work here and chances are, our kids won't go to school here. I find that to be very sad.
We're looking for a school for our kids which has smaller class sizes, music, physical education, art, and a strong academic program. There are many schools that provide these things and our kids will be attending one of them. I just wish it was our neighborhood school.