This year my son started kindergarted at a private school right next door to where we live. Last year we were going to move to a better school district before he starts school but due to finances and not being able to find a place we stayed and thought this would be a temporary thing. The problem is that DS loves the school. He comes home totally excited and creative. He starts drawing and building things. The school is very nurturing and he has learned a tremendous amount. It is really the perfect place for him except that it costs 12K a year!! How do people afford this? I spoke to my husband about applying for assistance but he is worried that his peers may find out. I am wondering if some of these parents work on these committees that decide on who to accept. He is in the building industry whiich has suffered for the past few years. I work but cannot afford to pay for everything including the school. Plus, I'm not sure if other areas are like this but at the public schools down here there is the "gifted"and non gifted. The gifted kids get the atention, great teachers and benefit. If your in the regular class its a differernt story. When we toured the schools we saw this first hand. The gifted kids looked happy and motivated. In the reg classes the kids were all sitting in differernt areas, unmotivated etc etc. I know my son is smart but he is not gifted. He needs a push and attention and I don't think he would make it in the gifted. I have spoken to several public teachers in the meantime and they say that the gifted kids are the ones who are benefiting. Its sad but true. My husband is convinced we need to move. I am trying to figure out a way to make it happen that my son can stay at this private school. Anyone have a similar situtation and suggestions of what to do. This school does not have scholarships that I can see. I asked my husband to ask his parents if they can contribute but he is reluctant. My parents are in the middle of a courtcase and there finances are tied up. Even a little per month would help. Right now his school is next door and my office is a mile down the road which is great. There are 2 good public schools but we would have to move and I would be 45 min away from my job.