my daughter is 12 years old and the school she attends isn't giving her a quality education. we are looking into private schools for her high school years, i've been out of work for over a year and money is tight but i want my daughter to get a good high school education, what are my options?
I'm so sorry you're in this frustrating situation. As a mom, I know there's nothing more heartbreaking than feeling like your child's being shortchanged.
Your school district may have one or more charter schools that might be a better fit for what you're looking for for you daughter. (A charter school is a public school that takes kids from across the district. They tend to have unique areas of focus or educational philosophies and sometimes outperform other schools in the district). Unfortunately (as the new movie Waiting For "Superman" illustrates) kids get into these schools by lottery and there are often FAR more applicants than spaces available for the really good schools.
Your district may also allow intra-district transfers which means they allow families to apply to attend different schools than they're assigned to based on their address. You can find out about these opportunities by calling your school district office.
Many private schools offer need based financial aid, so you may want to investigate those options even though you're not in a position to pay full tuition right now.
For some families in your situation, homeschooling ends up being the best option. Obviously this means that at least one parent has to stay home full time, and homeschooling is a very challenging proposition, so it may not be a good fit for your family.
If you're not able to change your daughter's situation, the next thing to focus on is how to make it better. You can have a huge impact on your child's school by being involved there and by mobilizing other parents to do the same. We have lots of articles on Education.com to help get you started.
Also, just knowing that she has as mom who cares and who is doing everything she can to ensure a great education is a great gift to your daughter. She's lucky to have you!
There are already a lot of schools that cater to our individual needs. There are interior decorating schools for those interested in the arts. To be able to provide solution to your problem. You could always search the internet for possible programs that will suit your daughter's educational needs.