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Hi Lisa--I just had to reply to your post. I am also from Dallas, and as it so happens, my MIL teaches theology at Jesuit (assuming you mean the one on Inwood). I will add here that I am not Catholic, but of course she is. She has studied so many different religions and is super open minded, and certainly never critical of other faiths. I guess there are 2-3 other theology teachers there though. I have no idea what would happen outside the classroom--from what she says, they always enjoy hearing opinions from other faiths, and that it makes for better class discussions.
We are undergoing a similar struggle in the area--we have been homeschooling up until this year. We found it hard to find a good fit--the secular groups seemed almost anti-christian, and the christian groups, like you mentioned seemed to only want to associate within their own group or denomination. A lot of the faith statements made me too uncomfortable to sign.
My older dd is in public school this year, but I'm still looking for a good private school or hoping to return to homeschooling. We toured one Catholic school last spring, and I didn't tell them I was protestant until the end of the tour and our discussion. They didn't treat me differently after hearing I was protestant. They never would/could tell me an exact percentage of non-catholic kids.
We looked at one general Christian school, and they only had chapel once a week. They said it was mostly praise type music with conduct lesson based on scripture. This was Grapevine Faith--I really liked that school, but their application had a rather lengthly inquiry regarding the faith of our family, and my dh didn't like that (he's similar to your dh).
Don't assume anything. Ask directly how the religious aspect shapes student life, and what that entails. You might be pleasantly surprised. Or you might be able to avoid a painful experience for your kids.
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