Wednesday, May 14, 2008


I was at my desk at work when my ex-wife called.

"I just wanted to let you know because I just heard. They're closing the school at the end of the year."


I have four children; two with my wife, and two from a previous marriage. My two older girls attend a well known private religious school. My third girl, who just turned five, is enrolled to start kindergarten there in the fall.

Now, no school is perfect, and this one is no exception. But you know what? It has been pretty darn good. It's not easy paying for private school, but thus far has always been worth it. The teachers have been uniformly excellent, the class sizes are very small, the curriculum has been rigorous, and the standards have been high.

Great, right? Well, apparently not great enough. Not enough parents signing contracts for the fall means not enough students, which means not enough tuition, which means no school. They called all of the parents today to let us know. So now it is a mad scramble to get kids registered at new schools for the fall. It's very frustrating. Wherever they go, they will be going to a new school, they'll be the "new kid".

My youngest girl actually my smallest worry (no pun intended). She has never been to "big girl" school before, so wherever she goes will seem normal and natural. But how is my oldest girl going to adjust socially and academically to a RADICALLY different environment? At age 9, she is just starting to enter into that "awkward" stage, and I worry about her.

I feel very frustrated right now, and I have all day.

1 comment:

MindfulMama said...

You might find yourself pleasantly surprised...I think the school experience is what you make of it and what you put into it. I'll go ahead and call you an elitist snob -- it does make me feel better :-)
You are going to have to work n tha mindset if you want your kids ot have the best education possible, even in a school like you describe.