Want to give me pros and cons?
I'm starting to wonder if this would be a good option for my son (7.5, currently in second grade in public school).
You may remember seeing some posts from me before about a desire to homeschool, but the more I reflect on that option, the more I think that trying to be my son's teacher just wouldn't be good for our relationship. Don't get me wrong, I think homeschooling is wonderful for many families. I've just finally come to understand why DH kept telling me he didn't think it would be a good idea in our particular case with this particular kid.
So, DS mostly likes school overall this year, but he's dyslexic and below level in both reading and math and the school simply doesn't have the resources to give him the attention he needs. He goes to a reading tutor for two hours a week after school and that has really helped him. However, the reading intervention he gets at school is pretty much worthless. Last year, though he liked school less overall, his teacher was pretty understanding about giving him extra time to do work, etc. His teacher this year has kept him in from recess to finish work, which I think is ridiculous.
We have a first quarter conference next week, and we may be able to resolve some of the issues we've had this year, but I still wonder if simply putting him in a school in which he'd be in a smaller class would be a better situation for him. Also, the tutors from the place where he goes are quite willing to provide one session a week at the student's school. They go to several local private schools, but our district won't allow them access. I can't know for sure that the school I'm considering would allow them access, but chances are they don't have an official policy, so they'd at least consider it.
So, if your kids attend a private religious school, what do you like about it? What do you not like about it?
Here are some details for clarification:
1. My husband and I are evangelical Christians. Our son isn't really old enough to have his own religious convictions yet, but we certainly hope he follows in our footsteps.
2. We're considering a small Christian school houses in an Assembly of God church. The school is nondenominational.
3. Tuition is the lowest of the local private schools. We'd have to adjust our budget, but it's affordable without huge sacrifices.
4. The school is quite small, one class for each grade in K-8. The classes average 12 students in each.
5. The public school DS is at is well regarded and we like a number of things about it, but worry that he gets lost in his class of 28 as well as getting distracted both by the kids in his class and by the other classes in his room (at his school, four classes are grouped together in one large "complex" room.)
Thanks for any advice you can give me!