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    Default Do you think private schools are worth the $$? why/why not?

    I currently have my dd at one. she's in year one..(going into yr 2) and ds is about to start prep next year. It's $5000 for each. no discounts for 2nd sibling. Chose this school for it's values & good reviews, and yes i've been happy with it, BUT since change of leadership it seems some have gone on massive power trips etc and it seems they are cutting corners and want the same money for less. IE: 4 swimming lessons all year when it has always been the whole of term 1 & 4. I have undesirable public schools around us - yes had a look at those with an open mind but the next one has a catchment area and we aren't in it.

    I've found a decent sounding public school 9kms away so going to have a look at it later, but people are saying if the kids are happy at the private school, why change? surely they will adapt alright?? plus there is a special learning area which would benefit my ds who is delayed slightly. There also is at the private school, but this year we have had far too many teacher changes and teachers being away. wwyd? change and hope they will adapt well - well DD mostly, or give it one more year? Private school has gotten a new principal so people are saying wait and see how he plays this next year out..

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    I honestly don't think you can generalise. Every school is different. There are awesome public schools. There are awful public schools. Same for private. I would make my choice based on which school I liked and why.

    there is no yes or no answer to this question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonja View Post
    I honestly don't think you can generalise. Every school is different. There are awesome public schools. There are awful public schools. Same for private. I would make my choice based on which school I liked and why.

    there is no yes or no answer to this question.
    I agree with this. And different things suit different children.

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    Sub. Thinking of sending ds to a private primary.

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    Following. School is a fair way off but my partner was private schooled and I was not.

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    Yeah im just not sure. Dd has no set friends, shes a drifter. I just dunno if im getting value for money, not that i have complaints at all about the learning but its alot of $$$ to be putting out.

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    It's a tough decision, for us we wanted a decent school and we are lucky to have a good public one down the road. For us it was important to have a school that focused on all the basics. We always decided that if one of the kids was really into something when they were older and wanted to go to a school that had a program for that we would send them. I'm not sure if it's the same where you are but is there a particular high school you want them to go to because I know some have feeder primary schools and can be impossible to get into the high school if you haven't been to the right primary school. But like people have said there are good and bad in both kind of school. Not much help I know. Good luck with your decision making.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GlitterFarts View Post
    Yeah im just not sure. Dd has no set friends, shes a drifter. I just dunno if im getting value for money, not that i have complaints at all about the learning but its alot of $$$ to be putting out.
    Without knowing the schools it's impossible to say.

    We moved our 2 eldest from the local state school to a private primary and the difference is astounding. The public school they were at is enormous and has had a lot of funding cuts. There are demountables everywhere and the play areas are shrinking. We lost our specialist art teacher, the music teacher is only part time and teachers aides have been reduced as class sizes expand.

    By contrast the private school is fully equipped and the class sizes are small. It suits my kids perfectly.

    But it's not for everyone. And I'm not interested in bashing public schools. It just wasn't the right fit for my girls.

    Look closely at all the things both schools offer so you can make as close to like for like comparison as possible.

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    Default Do you think private schools are worth the $$? why/why not?

    I think private schools are good but not necessary (there are some great public schools out there) and definitely not worth it if the burden of the fees would put financial strain on the family.

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    I don't think it's a straight forward question/answer either. So many factors. Largely I think it depends on where you live and the quality of schools nearby. Not all public schools are equal and similarly not all private. Some private schools are hideously overpriced IMO.

    Personally I have chosen a local convenient private school for my children, sounds like a similar price range to yours. I would have considered public for junior/primary school but unfortunately those in our area aren't so good. There are a couple better ones but would mean additional travel as they are out of our way, whereas the private is in a perfect position for us. Also we want to send our children to private high schools (better facilities and opportunities than the local high schools) so it made sense to us to keep the children in the same school from P-12 (actually K-12).

    I don't like the idea of chopping and changing schools. Whilst children are resilient, there would have to be some pretty huge reasons for me to change once they'd started and developed friendships and a sense of belonging etc. I think all schools have their negatives as well as positives. Perhaps try talking to your current school about your concerns/disappointments with the changes? They'll never know unless parents give their input? If enough parents feel the same way they might consider changing things.


 

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