Sure, you think these are all one thing, but they are instead a process. My husband and are in the midst of perhaps a major change for our son, Nick. His school.
We live in a relatively small city of @ 45,000 residents. We are in a fairly good size county, just along the Space Coast in Florida. My husband grew up here, a resident since @ 2 years of age. He has deep roots and traditions in both is faith and his education. He attended our Parish school and we too have chosen to send our children to this school. All three began in PreK and our girls completed 8th grade two years ago. Our school has a rich history of challenging curriculum and strong moral character. We made the sacrifice to send them here wanting the best for them. We felt they would be taught with a compassionate Christian heart and that our children would blossom and love learning and be given a fantastic base to go on to high school and college etc.
We truly believed this nearly 12 years ago when we first enrolled the girls. Over the years things change. We noticed the curriculum did not appear to be that much more rigorous than the public school. We found in a small school most of it is taught at the middle level, somewhat advanced, but leaving little room for students struggling or those soaring. We found that discipline and tolerance were very firm and rigid, too rigid at times. We found that parental input was not welcomed, it often felt like a “our way or the highway” mentality. We found that it appeared no fun was to be had, it was all work work work, but at minimum more work, very little creative learning or fun.
Let me say, no school is perfect, and I know that. I love many things that my kids have experienced in our Parish school, things that a public school can’t replicate. But I’ve also seen things that I shake my head and wonder why I’m paying tuition to feel this way.
This is not the first time we have questioned where Nick should be in school. Nick is a very bright boy, and he’s had opportunities at some accelerated learning and done very well.
I’ve had the most awful year coming to terms with my feelings about the school, I had all but disappeared from volunteering and being at optional school functions. The most recent bit of news is the results of the new principal search. Our current principal is stepping down this summer, and we were told an extensive search was being conducted by the diocese. We knew our current assistant P was in the running, but many people, us included communicated to the committee that we felt an outside candidate would be a better choice for the school, new ideas, new leadership etc. Naturally rumors are everywhere and I worried this would not go well.
Today it was announced and the current Assistant will be the new Principal. I do not respect this woman. I have seen her belittle kids and behavior that is not kind and caring. She also has been teaching middle school math and when she leaves that post it leaves a huge gape in our math department. Our school has not been known for hiring the best outside teachers. More often than not we shuffle teachers and this is also due to a declining enrollment.
So if I seem off……….I am. I’ve been praying about this for weeks, and now I’m praying for more guidance. I’m going to set up a meeting with the local public elementary school principle next week. I want to know more about the school, the teachers, the curriculum, the opportunities for Nick. We want to make a balanced judgment.
Nick, my sweet funny Nick, he will not know what he wants to do. His friends are at his current school, but he’s outgoing and he will make new friends. He knows a few from sports and our neighborhood.
Pray for me………….this is so hard.
I’m sorry this is such a sad negative post.
I am blessed in many ways, and I’m thankful for:
Tonight I do get to see Nick in a little skit for his schools’ Evening of the Arts.
I was informed yesterday at the high school that Caitie is going to be receiving another award in May for athletics and academics…..she doesn’t know it yet.
School is down to the last month……….can I get a hip hip hooray!
I had a pedicure today and my toes look cute.
I talked to my dad nearly every day this week, my mom on most days, and I love them and miss them……..but they are there for me.
Thanks to blogging friends who can give me support and a laugh when I need it.