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Hello everyone!<br><br>
Do you know of a public school system or private school in Fairfield County that doesn't give the kids too much homework?<br><br>
We are an attachment parenting family with three kids, and next summer will be moving to Fairfield County or nearby Westchester to live closer to my husband's new job in Greenwich. We are inclined to live close to his job, but would consider a longer commute if the community is otherwise right. We very much welcome input on other aspects of area towns (like New Canaan, Wilton, Westport, Weston...), but I've decided to start with the school issue.<br><br>
I am increasingly of the opinion that more than a little bit of homework is poisonous to family life. The schools here (in Maryland) work the kids hard during the day, then send more work home. The children are exhausted after school, and there is no free time or time for artistic pursuits.<br><br>
Thank you in advance for your help.
 

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Hiya, earthmomx3!<br>
Unfortunately, the case of all the schools near nyc is that there is no free time for kids and they are all overworked... I have a high school senior in a private school in stamford ct (moved out of nyc when he was 7) and a middle schooler in public in bedford ny. Husband teaches at the private school and is actively looking for a new environment like what you are also seeking... There are very few options, if any. DH says check out the Mead school in CT - not sure what ages you are looking at. But we have tried to raise our kids to appreciate their time and other persuits outside of school (not that it has worked!). They are both exhausted, no matter the system (make that all 3!).<br>
I wish you very good luck in your search! ..and I'd love to know where you end up - I grew up in New Canaan and went through public there and husband in Pound Ridge (right over the border) and went to a bunch of different private & public ending up in high school in manhattan... there was no great soultion then and no great one now - we are all just too close to the nyc mentality of do it yesterday and lose your soul in the process....
 

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I don't know that it's necessarily just an NYC mentality; just a current American one. My middle schooler gets 2.5 hrs of homework a day. My husband who is trained in education in Europe thinks it's ridiculous, but we have to make sure the kids do well on the CMTs. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/angry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="angry">
 

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My kids, almost 10 and 5, go to a Montessori school. The school offers the primary program, ages 3-6, and then the elementary program, 6-12. We've been there for 7 years and they have no regular homework. A couple times a year they have intensive research projects that require a half hour of internet research that can't be done at school. Some children do end up needing to do some parts at home, again, just for these couple times a year projects, but in general, my son has managed to do 99% of what needs to be done at school.<br><br>
Even without homework, nearly all of the children perform above grade level in most subject areas because of their approach.<br><br>
FYI: Montessori schools come in all shapes and sizes. The more formal, follow to a letter type you want to look for is a school that is AMI certified. AMS is the certification that is less strigent. In my experience, at least here in MA, those skills with AMS certification, tend to have a more blended style with more traditional education components, at least around here in MA.
 

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Thank you, ears73, motherbirth, and Golden, for your thoughts and advice.<br><br>
I'll look into Montessori. I think there is one in Wilton. And I'll look into the Mead School, which I understand is in North Stamford.<br><br>
Ears73: I grew up in this area, but have lived away since I left for college, which for me was 1983! I went to Byram Hills schools in Armonk. As much as Byram Hills was definitely mainstream, I don't remember it being as intense as my children's experience. (My children are 11, 5 and 1 month old.)<br><br>
If anyone hears of appropriate magnet schools or charter schools, I'm interested in those, too.<br><br>
I'll check back to see if you or anyone has more thoughts about this, and ears73, I'll let you know the final outcome.
 
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