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    We are not at school yet. DS will start in 2017. We have made our decision though. We looked at both private and public schools. We were looking for the right fit for our son. The right fit happens to be a private school., not because I particularly want him to be privately educated but want him to be happy at school. If we feel that it isn't the right fit anymore we would have no hesitation in moving him - either private or public.

    Both DH and I were publically educated. I have post graduate qualifications, DH left after his A levels (he is English). DH earns about 3x what I can!

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    I went to public primary and private secondary. Did VCE at Wesley College in Melbourne. I am strongly of the opinion that students do well (or not) no matter what school they go to. DP was exactly the same and we got very similar results at the end of school (not all that great, only just passed!). I think my parents wasted a lot of money sending me to private school. There were plenty of decent state schools near us but my dad wouldn't hear of it. We had to go to private school.

    I think the main difference is you get nicer grounds to roam around on and nicer facilities. Apart from that kids will learn no matter where they are, IMO.

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    It depends on what you want from a school
    On what the schools in your area are like.
    If there is specially designed schools for different sports. The arts. High achievers in your public school area.

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    Tough call. I don't think anyone can categorically say private/public is better. Depends on each school and each child.
    My DD is 5 months old but I'm already thinking about school options as I had a troubled high school experience. I went to public primary then my parents (against my wishes) sent me to a private school the other side of town where I knew no one for high school. It was a very average school. Halfway through my first year they announced they were closing down so I had to change schools again the following year again to another private school where I knew no one and when I got there I realized how much I had missed out on curriculum wise. This was a single sex middle school so again I was there for one year before moving up to the co-Ed senior school. Is it any wonder I left school the following year. Based on my experience i will do whatever I can to give my DD stable schooling so I'd need a really good reason to move her.
    I hope we move house by the time she is at school. If we're still here she'll go to one of the local public schools. We have 2 within 2km of our house as well as a catholic school. One of the public schools is terrible but the other is very good. We will be sending her to a private high school and I have about 6 on my list that we'll look at and see what fits her and us. If we were having more kids then $ would come into the decision but as we are fairly sure we'll just have DD we can afford it.
    Whilst not perfect by any stretch have a look at the my school website for both schools and see how they perform across the different categories (naplan scores, financial status of school, staffing, SES of students). I would also be thinking about where they might go to high school and how their primary schooling fits into that. It comes down to what feels right if you go to the new school and it feels really good then I think your DD is young enough to make the move but I'd be them committing to keep her there til the end of primary so she can develop friendship groups and feel settled.

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    It's all about the right school for the right child. As said before, some public schools are great, some are not. And same with private.

    We were public and are now private as our local state school was huge and over capacity and was suffering for it. And DD just didn't feel she belonged. It wasn't a good fit. Her new school has music programs she loves and specialised art teachers and she's gone from hating school to loving school. So for us private is worth it.

    We don't live in an area where we had different options for public as they're all over capacity. Going private gave us choice.

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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 Sonja. I went to a private school and feel it was worth the money, we have ds booked in to a private high school that I believe will be worth the money. He is currently at a fabulous public primary school. There are good public schools and private schools but it is dependent on both the child and the school.

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    If I believed my child would flourish there, then yes it it worth it.

    But that is the same for public or private.

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    I believe a school is as good as its principal. Teachers can only ever be as good as a principal allows. If they are the type of prin who allows teachers to try new ideas, to experiment and to keep up with the latest findings on best practice, then teachers will be happy and that will be reflected in their results.
    And the same is true of the opposite. A prin very much has the power to shut teachers down and make their life hell, which then would impact in the classroom.
    A prin also has ultimate say in how the budget is spent, so on art teachers and music teachers or awesome new IT resources. I know if one school that has an amazing amount of money in the bank (those on school council are privy to this information) and it's because the prin refuses to spend even half of their allocated budget on aides in the classroom as they should be. On paper it looks like a thriving school but the kids suffer, you know?

    And just like you're experiencing right now, when a new principal comes in its tough keeping all the balls up in the air. There will be a time of transition but things should settle again soon. I would give it time for everything to settle again.
    Having said that, it's like a $10,000 decision- so maybe you don't have time to give. Maybe you go look at this new school and you like it- find out as much about the prin as you can. Parent opinion. Teacher opinion. Meet them yourself if you can. (If you don't know anyone whose children go there or who works there, is there a local fb page you can ask on? "Just wanting opinions on xyz school, and the staff and values etc?")
    Good luck

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    According to the statistics, private is no better. But as pp's have said it all depends on the pro's and con's of the individual schools in your area.

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    As a teacher and having worked in both public and private. ...
    I always come back to....a school is only as good as its staff. Teachers and aides and admin etc....they are what makes a school great.
    If you are happy with happens within the classroom and on the playground then that's what matters.
    I've been in schools with change of leadership and it can get interesting!! But great teachers are really what makes it.

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