How did you choose your child's school? Please tell me I am not the only (anal) one who started looking when my child was one. Six years on and we are very happy with our school choice. How about you all?

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You started looking when your child was one? That's not only anal, it's insane. Yes, school is important but that's crazy.
i started looking around one... my children have all been homeschooled since 6 months. is no anal or crazy .... i was a preschool teacher in Cali bu there in Vegas they really dont have preschool. When i lived in Cali my MIL works for VOA a gov. ran early ed ... she let me knwo what schools were good and what wasnt .. i went and looked at the school to see how they were. when i moved here to vegas i first made sure i moved next to the best school . we have moved but i tried. i had my daughter tested because teh school tat we were looking atwanted her to start a year early. now i am looking into high schools. yes this monday will be her first day of kinder but hey its never to early. it is very important to know where your child will be going who there teacher will be so forth and so on
I know, I know - but some of the schools in our area are really hard to get into. The one I chose is a very small school and not easy to get into - not because of exclusivity, but because it is the only one of it's kind in our region. It also had a playgroup - which we joined when my daughter was 18 months.

Renegade Mom said:
You started looking when your child was one? That's not only anal, it's insane. Yes, school is important but that's crazy.
I started looking for the "right" school when my twins were young too. I didn't want to get caught up on test results and reputation - for me the most important thing is the learning environment, teachers, etc. We were blessed to have found a Montessori Charter school - and it's tuition free! Kids just started 1st grade and they love it. BTW, our public school, which has a fantatic reputation is only 2 block away - I drive them to our school which takes about 10 - 15 minutes. Our school requires parent participation and I love it. The kids are so happy, challenged and blossoming. I was able to sit in on the Kinder class before we applied for Kinder, so I could see what the teachers were like and how the kids interacted in teh classroom. My kids were slow to warm, so I was also able to bring them to observe the class so they'd know what to expect.
Oh, did I mention that our school is from K - 8th? Now I don't have to worry about middle school either. Keeping my fingers crossed that sometime in the future HS gets added too :)

There was a great article in a Moms magazine recently about this topic - I'll have to find it.
Wow! Sounds like the school we chose. Learning environment and teachers were the most important things to us as well. We travel 15-20 mins passing three schools on the way. Our school is a Waldorf Steiner School and has just started a High School.

Michelle Cromeenes said:
I started looking for the "right" school when my twins were young too. I didn't want to get caught up on test results and reputation - for me the most important thing is the learning environment, teachers, etc. We were blessed to have found a Montessori Charter school - and it's tuition free! Kids just started 1st grade and they love it. BTW, our public school, which has a fantatic reputation is only 2 block away - I drive them to our school which takes about 10 - 15 minutes. Our school requires parent participation and I love it. The kids are so happy, challenged and blossoming. I was able to sit in on the Kinder class before we applied for Kinder, so I could see what the teachers were like and how the kids interacted in teh classroom. My kids were slow to warm, so I was also able to bring them to observe the class so they'd know what to expect.
Oh, did I mention that our school is from K - 8th? Now I don't have to worry about middle school either. Keeping my fingers crossed that sometime in the future HS gets added too :)

There was a great article in a Moms magazine recently about this topic - I'll have to find it.
I was the same way when mine were little now I have one in 6th and I am panicked about where he is going to middle school. I am sure I will worry about High school too. I think it is good to really think about this decision, it does matter a lot. I live in a state that ranks very low on the school scale so we have to search for our kids to make sure they get a good education.
I started looking when my son was 4 my twins were 2. Because of my son's October birthday I knew we had two years. I wanted to keep them all at the same school. I looked for low student teacher ratio, multisensory learning, math and science curriculum as well as art and music. I stayed away from waldorf when researching I found a disproportionately small percentage of student pursued math and science. If I remember correctly, general population was 30% with waldorf graduates 2%. I felt it was important to have exposure to math in science in a fun way. The multisensory approach is amazing. I did not want a strong route academic approach. Really looked for a place the children could be children and have fun. Tall order, but I found it. It is an amazing school. After 8 months, my children are still asking to go to school on the weekend. They are sad if I pick them up too early. That took a little getting used to. The staff and teachers are so caring and wonderful. I feel really blessed.

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