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Homeschool vs. Private School

Last post Sat, Jun 20 2009 1:51 PM by Brandy. 34 replies.
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  • Tue, Sep 25 2007 12:11 PM

    Homeschool vs. Private School

    My DD will enter kindergarten next year. I'm searching private Christian schools as well as researching homeschooling. I do not want her in public school - I have seen my 4th grader struggle and will pull him out of public schools at the same time. DD is in speech therapy; DS is also in speech as well as occupational and some learning centers, specifically reading and spelling.

    What are the pros and cons of homeschool vs. private?  Can you add to my list? These are just thoughts in no particular order:

    (Italicized entries are from following posts - THANKS!) 

    Homeschooling

    Pros:

    • No tuition
    • No transportation issues
    • Large network of homeschoolers in my community
    • Christian-based education
    • Little/no outside negative influences - a lot less peer pressure
    • No dress code or possible uniforms
    • No fancy school supplies
    • Missouri has very few homeschooling regulations
    • One-on-one instruction
    • Ability to set own schedule - work around travel schedules
    • No homework (it's all homework ... LOL!)
    • Flexibility in learning - ability to delve deeply into a favorite subject
    • You know everything - the good, the bad, the ugly about your child is doing

    Cons:

    • I'm disorganized
    • Don't know where to start
    • Overwhelmed by the thought of teaching two kids at home
    • Have to find curriculum
    • Need supplies
    • Need to research developmental delays
    • Music/art instruction would cost $$
    • I'd have to arrange activities with other children
    • I eat, breathe and sleep my kids - no breaks! Even potty ones ...

     

    Private school (the one I'm considering):

    Pros:

    • Christian-based education (actually Lutheran, and I am active in my Lutheran church)
    • Kids are actually GONE from 8-4
    • No uniforms
    • I can work outside home again (gaining sanity and $$ for tuition)
    • Great payment plans
    • School is staffed for some developmental delays
    • Kindergarten is full day vs. half day in public schools
    • Kindergarten tuition is $78 LESS per month than extended-day K in public school
    • Tuition is not outrageous
    • Small class size and more attention vs. public school
    • Forging friendships is likely

     

    Cons:

    • Tuition ($3,250 kindergarten, $3,500 5th grade)
    • School is 12 miles away
    • Hate driving in bad weather
    • No scholarships - we'd be responsible for the whole tuition
    • Need to investigate quality of instruction, teachers and doctrine
    • Possible need for specialized instruction that the school does not offer
    • May not be able to meet academic needs due to funding
    • Homework! Homework! Homework!
    • Other children may be in private schools due to behavior problems
    • Cliques - both mommy and kid - and social-standing issues
    SAHWife and mom of 2 (oh, and my dad lives here too!)
  • Tue, Sep 25 2007 12:26 PM In reply to

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    Re: Homeschool vs. Private School

     You'll find it said over and over again that homeschooling is not for everyone. It's as much a decision based on personalities and preferences as any thing else. From your post, it looks as if you'd be relieved to have them in a private school so that you can do other things. If you homeschool, you may resent the demands it puts on you. On the other hand, if the cost of private school will be a critical factor, you may need to rethink the possibility.
     

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  • Tue, Sep 25 2007 12:49 PM In reply to

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     From someone who was in private school from K-12, it is not a bad option. Schools can have financial aid and payment plans set up to help you with the money situation, so you might want to check into that. Class sizes are smaller so they would get more attention. My 8th grade graduating class was 8 students, seriously. My 12th grade graduation was 66. At a private school they can develop closer friendships. There are activities they can get involved with with their peers.

    I would also say ask your children on what they would enjoy. Explain to them you could be taught by mom but it will not be all fun and games, you will have homework to do. And explain the option of going to the private school. If the kids are given a choice, you could use their feedback in what you decide to do, that way they aren't forced into a situation they don't like.  

    As far as distance goes, might want to check into bussing. Around here, even if you are sending your kids to a private school, the public bus service will pick you up (they have special buses that run to the school). It all comes from the taxpayers.  

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  • Tue, Sep 25 2007 1:34 PM In reply to

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    Re: Homeschool vs. Private School

    Homeschooling

    Pros:   one on one specialised education among the things you listed.

    As for the cons, those are things each homeschooler faces and has to deal with. It's entirely up to you if you want to find solutions and hang in there or choose private school.

     

     

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  • Tue, Sep 25 2007 1:40 PM In reply to

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    Bear in mind, too, that any additions to your family will drive the price up.  We started our oldest in a Christian school, fully intending to keep him there for the long haul, but when his sister came along, then another, there was no way we could afford the tuition for all of them, even with a partial scholarship from the school and the discount for multi-student families.  And some schools only offer limited or no scholarships to students not of the same faith as the school...Liz

  • Tue, Sep 25 2007 10:09 PM In reply to

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    One thing to keep in mind is just because it is a private school, it doesn't mean that it is necessary a very good school for your kids. Private schools do vary in what they offer etc. Quality of teachers, etc. How they deal with learning problems etc.

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  • Tue, Sep 25 2007 11:13 PM In reply to

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    Re: Homeschool vs. Private School

    Be careful when researching private schools.  If you go with a private chartered school, you may not have access to special IEPs for special needs children.

    I lived this nightmare.  I paid $3300 for my child to be in a private school.  When it was discovered that he had medical problems that ENTITLED him to an IEP, I was told the following by the school:

    "Since we are a chartered, non-government supported school (we get no money from the federal, state, or local governments), we are NOT required to provide any services that you would receive from a school that gets financial assistance from the government."

    For those not familiar:

    An Individualized Education Program (IEP) describes the educational program that has been designed to meet that child's unique needs.  Each child who receives special education and related services must have an IEP.  Each IEP must be designed for one student and must be a truly individualized document.  The IEP creates an opportunity for teachers, parents, school administrators, related services personnel, and students (when age appropriate) to work together to improve educational results for children with disabilities. The IEP is the cornerstone of a quality education for each child with a disability.

    Annie

     

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  • Wed, Sep 26 2007 7:20 AM In reply to

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    Re: Homeschool vs. Private School

     

    babbyb:
    The IEP is the cornerstone of a quality education for each child with a disability.

     What you say about private schools not offering some testing or other evaluations is true. As a homeschooler, I am on my own with determining what my children's needs are. I am sure the resources of private schools can be limited.

    But the IEP does not help much if the school system is falling short of the mark on providing quality education. I believe the OP stated she is not satisfied with what the local public school offers.

     

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  • Wed, Sep 26 2007 2:12 PM In reply to

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     I don't know about the US but our public school system is pretty good here with lots of variety etc. We do have religious schools of different faiths..catholic, christian etc. I don't know if they have the same support system of programs though.  Every child has his/her strengths and private schools may not be able to meet the needs due to restrictions in funding etc.  If your child for example has an artistic bent or trades bent, there are public schools for that.  We have the Fraser Institute report that list the academic ratings of all schools in the province with percentage of esl etc Private and public. of course there are some consistent outstanding long time private schools that are top rated. Expensive ones too. But one of the top rated elementary schools was a school in the poorest part of Vancouver.  Most religionous schools are about $250 - $500 mth depending on age etc.

    Private schools get partial funding from the govt here. There was a recent article in the newspaper about the govt allowing private schools (non religious & religious) and how it has made the public schools step up their game.  But not all kids are academic and if your child can take hairdressing for example with other courses to graduate and have a skill,great because at the same high school, your academic child can take advanced college courses if they want.  Also  online schooling, different programs for kids that have had drug problems etc and are trying to clean up and get an education but don't fit in with reg. classes anymore. Plus high school courses free at night for people trying to get their high school diploma. This is what our high school offers. And it is half ripped down because it was to be rebuilt but construction costs skyrocketed because of the housing boom. So it had to be juggled and re budgeted.

    My dh works at a private school (non religious) and they are a fairly new school (started 1992) and the competition is fierce for the rich peoples bucks. $1200 per mth.  They rate high because there is art and music but only academic courses. Any esl students must learn english very fast. no handicapped spec ed etc. No one to bring the ratings down.   I personally was a decent student who took the courses I needed  to go to college etc if I wanted but I liked home ec etc too. As my mom says $1200 buys a lot of tutoring!

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  • Wed, Sep 26 2007 2:57 PM In reply to

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    Brandy:
    But the IEP does not help much if the school system is falling short of the mark on providing quality education. I believe the OP stated she is not satisfied with what the local public school offers.
     

    That's true. And unfortunately, when a child enters the IEP "system" here, they never get out. I think it has something to do with the "no child left behind" hogwash. If they are kept in special education, the "rules" are applied differently. If an average kid is in the system longer than necessary, the school can show (artificial) improvement because his scores don't count in the regular classroom, and they appear to be advanced in special education.

    The reason I don't want my DD in public schools is because of what my DS has gone through. She is a speech-only student at the early childhood center, and has shown marked improvement since her last IEP evaluation in April. She did not qualify for any other services. I don't think she needs speech any longer -- she sounds just like other kids her age. Again, the school probably won't pull her out because she's already in the system. She'll go to half-day kindergarten next year and spend 1/6th of her time in special education for a speech problem that no longer exists.

    For DS's issues, either home or private schools will give the small-group instruction that he needs. He does very well in his small groups and has also shown a lot of improvement.
     

    SAHWife and mom of 2 (oh, and my dad lives here too!)
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