Dd starts kindergarten next Sep. We just went to a school open house this past weekend and I absolutely knew it was the place for her! When I think about sending her to the local public school, I get a little knot in my stomach and am very hesitant in general of the idea, but when I visited this school... in a little red school house even :) ... I felt at ease and happy and could see how dd would fit right in and the school would be a nurturing environment for her.
As for the $, dh and I are just coming out of a two year period where he tried to start his own company and we were completely b-r-o-k-e. I knew of this school then, but it seemed like it was impossible to afford the extra $1,100/month it would take to send her there. Well now dh has a great new job, and I do too. We are just getting into the swing of things, and I have made a budget that seems like it would have enough to accommodate tuition. I'm just having trouble convincing dh that we will not be missing that $1,100. It seems like a lot of money to pay every month. Partially because we are both a little shell-shocked from having no money before, it is hard to imagine that we will be able to absorb this cost, even though my budget numbers seem to show that it would actually work.
Ok, so after the long-winded intro, can any non-incredibly-wealthy parents share thoughts on what it feels like once that tuition starts coming out... do you get used to it, does it feel like an incredible burden? The tuition schedule is 10 months of payment and 2 months without.... so we will have that "extra" money for a few months. I'm just trying to nail down the day to day logistics of paying out that much for private school. Dh and I both went to public, so we are both struggling a little with bypassing the "free" option, even though we both really like the philosophy at this school (no grades, no homework, no tests, home-like tight-knit famil feel, multiage.... my kind of place...we'd never get those options in public school)
I keep telling dh that if it gets too expensive, we can always switch to public later, but we should start with the option we want first! No regrets.. right?