I am in San Jose, California. There are 8-10 public schools offering dual-language immersion programs. Most are Spanish and English; one is Chinese and English. Thus, no matter what language your child speaks as of the beginning of the school year, by the end of Kindergarten, your child would learn to speak both of the languages.
I am near several of these schools (within 1-2 miles). I am about to apply. I am also near a public Montessori school (within 1-2 miles). I think Waldorf or Sudbury might be best for my children, but I am not really sure. The Waldorf and Sudbury schools cost $7,500 to $10,000 per year, and the local Waldorf school -- I've heard-- is uncool, not at all like the hippie/crunchy/natural approaches that I have seen in other Waldorf communities
So, I am going to try the public school lotteries. I am hoping to get my eldest child into River Glen Elementary School. I think that the chances are less than 50%. That is, if the school has 40 kindergarten openings, then the wait list is over 80 positions.
River Glen ES (bilingual)http://www.sjusd.k12.ca.us/sites/elem/RiverGlen/
Gardner Academy ES (bilingual)http://www.sjusd.org/sites/elem/Gard...ner/index.html
Sherman Oaks ES (also bilingual)http://www.campbellusd.k12.ca.us/SAR...hermanOaks.htm
What do you think? Should I bend over backwards to get the children into a bilingual public school? Or, should I try to spend a summer in Mexico while they are young? Or, should I overall our incomes so that we can afford private school for three children?