Sorry if this question has been asked before, I'm new here and seeking new opinions.
My daughter is starting primary school next year so I need to decide which school to send her to very soon. Unfortunately I'm less than impressed with the local government schools. They both have bad reputations and achieve very poor results. I have looked into a couple of public schools outside of our town, and these do not suit either, a couple that I was interested in are now zoned and we are outside the zone and have been told we would be lucky to get in.
This leaves the local catholic school. This school is perfect for us in almost every way, it is the perfect location (same street as my work), perfect size school (I prefer small schools), excellent curriculum and achieve excellent results. If she went to this school, it would mean she would pretty much be guaranteed a place in the local catholic secondary school as they take all children who attend the catholic primary regardless of religion. The catholic secondary school is far better than the local government schools, they do not even compare.
My only problem is we are not catholic! Although we have been told we would still be able to enroll her in this school. I can't help but feel a little bit unsettled about this. I have no problem with my daughter learning about religion, but is she going to feel like an outsider? Are we, as a family, going to be looked at as hypocrites? How many non catholics attend catholic schools? How full on is the religion side of things? Do they pressure you to convert and join the church?
I've been told by a couple of people that I should just do what is needed for my daughter have the best possible education and not worry about the religion side of things. I know a few people who have done this, so maybe it is not that unusual?
I'd love to hear from anyone who has done this, or opinions about my daughter going to this school. Thanks.
PS. Sorry for the ramble lol!