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    I wouldn't call us wealthy, probably upper middle class, and we will definitely send our children to public schools. In all honesty though, the fact that we make decent money means that we can live in a decent suburb, thus will be able to send our kids to good public schools of our choosing. If we had no choice in where we lived i would probably have a huge moral dilemma on my hands. As it is we have chosen to live more modestly (ie in a sh*tty flat) in a great suburb near excellent schools.

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    we could send our kids private,the schools we looked at were

    2x Christian colleges.
    2x Catholic

    all very good school, just not 'as' good as the 2 public ones we had the opportunity to send DD1 too. 1 public school is the best school in our entire area, sadly we missed out on getting her into it because our default zone changed (if we had started her last year she would have been in, Bugger !!) and there is no point in even trying to get in if you are out of area. all parents who have it as their default send their kids there no matter how much money they are rolling in.
    The school that became our default is proving to be just as good as the other, it is only very new but has many of the (good) local teachers, fantastic programs and is very much a 'team' type environment where all students help each other.

    I know of 2 people already who have pulled their kids out of their school (ones was one of the christian schools the other a catholic) and put them in DD1s, they only just started term 2 for kindy.

    private, catholic or public.....i have figured out that it is not the cost of the school nor the classification of it that makes it a good school, its the teachers, students and families involved in it.

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    We are not wealthy, but if we were, i would be more likely to send my child to a public school. We currently live in a low socioeconomic area, and i am not happy with the resources the local school has, nor the presentation of the students. I think public schools can be great but in my area many parents do not place a high value on education, as my husband and i do, and i want my kids to go to school with kids who want to learn, and have families that encourage that. If we lived in a wealthier area i'd probably be happier with a public school, if that makes sense?

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    I am not rich, but even if I was I would still send my kids to public schools and use the money I would have spent on a private school for other things like extra carricular activities, tudors etc if need be,

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    We aren't rich either but could afford private if we wanted .. It won't be happening, especially for primary school and the bulk of high school. The only reason I would go private would be if the school offered a subject/s that my kids were super interested in and wanted to study that before progressing onto uni or something similar otherwise my kids will be educated by the public system all the way

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    My mum was not wealthy... In fact she was the opposite being a single mum so she couldn't afford a private school. However when I was in late primary school I was offered a full sports scholarship to a great private school in Brisbane. My mum turned it down....

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    Quote Originally Posted by DairyfreeDiva View Post
    My mum was not wealthy... In fact she was the opposite being a single mum so she couldn't afford a private school. However when I was in late primary school I was offered a full sports scholarship to a great private school in Brisbane. My mum turned it down....
    Can I ask how you felt or feel about that? Are you happy with her decision?

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    I teach and some of the parents from our school make a lot of money. They choose to send their children to the local primary school for social reasons, amongst others I'm sure. Many of these kids go on to private high school.

    We have had a handful of parents who expect the extras a private school can offer just because they have money, but we as a school simply can't afford it. They also expect to have more say in what goes on in the classroom. Sorry, but just because you have money and X likes dinosaurs doesn't mean we'll study them, regardless of how much fuss you make. But it is just a handful. (sorry, vent over)

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    DH & I were both educated solely at catholic schools, but I don't feel religion needs to be part of our children's school education. We could afford private school if we wished, and the local public & catholic schools are right across the road from each other, so convenience factor is the same. So we've chosen public.


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    I would rather our children grow up with and socialise with our neighborhood
    Exactly!! I never appreciated this - I used to have to ride 5-10kms to visit my friends on weekends. All my DD's school friends are within walking distance - how great is that?!

    Quote Originally Posted by SorenLorensen View Post
    ....i have figured out that it is not the cost of the school nor the classification of it that makes it a good school, its the teachers, students and families involved in it.
    I agree completely

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    Friends of mine are VERY well to do, very educated but are firm believers in public schooling. Their children will be attending public schools.

    I could probably afford private schooling for my only child but we live close to a wonderful public school which he currently attends. I'd consider it if I lived in a bad area and the only decent schools were private but we really don't need to even consider it.


 

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