New Year, New School

Our lil D has started second grade at a new school! We are so extremely stoked. The last couple years have been hard on him and every morning he would groan and lament about going to school. So, we decided we are trying something different – private school.

There are several private schools in the area, most of them being parochial and since we are quite free-range with our parenting, we went with the one that most suited our thought process. It’s called West Branch School and it is delightful! Picture one-room schoolhouse. It has an upper and lower level of “grade levels” My son is in the lower level and the school only runs to 6th grade so he will only be there for a few years until he has to go back to public school. So far he is really excited. This school’s mission is to foster a love of learning and teach the whole child. I just love that.

Now, this school has some parental expectations. This is not for the kind of parents who are not hands on. After going through the last 13 years with my eldest, I would categorize us as pretty handsy. However, there is a lot more to this school. Parents keep the school together with committees that each parent gets to be on. We clean the school on designated days and group days. We get to come in every month and teach the kids something so the teachers can do planning. There is a fair that is held every year and almost monthly activities to join in on. I really like the aspect of being involved with my son’s schooling on a more personal level. Think the PTA on steroids but with a smaller amount of people. There’s less than 50 kids in this school, so that’s less than 100 people running things.

In any case, we feel so fortunate that we are able to send him there. We’ve known about it for awhile but was just not able to financially afford such an endeavor. This meant putting off getting a new vehicle but I’ll keep driving my 20 year old Jeep. She’s purple and I just can’t bear to part with her yet. I think that the investment is far worth the gains in my son’s attitude and education. I’ll regale you with our tales as the year goes on. This should prove interesting!

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