KENTIN asks:

Which is better: public schools versus private schools in New Jersey for non-english speaking children?

We are moving from Switzerland to the US, New Jersey. We have twin-boys that will start kindergarten this summer and they know nothing about English, we are wondering whether we shall register them in a public or private schools. We will be located in Maplewood.

We were looking at the Clinton School, but I saw that their results are not so good.

Thanks for your advice ?

Thanks Jenny
In Topics: Choosing a school, School and Academics, Learning a second language
> 60 days ago



Jul 21, 2010
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What the Expert Says:

After you arrive in New Jersey, call the Clinton School and arrange a meeting with the ESOL teacher and the reading coach.  Have them explain the school's programs, take a tour of the school, and get a feeling for what the school is like.  I know this will be difficult because teachers and the students aren't there, but watch to see how the administration, office staff, and other personnel get along.  Often public schools offer more services than private school such as ESOL classes that your sons would benefit from.

Then find out what private or charter schools are in the area.  Do the same thing.  After a few school visits, you will be able to make up your mind of where you want to send your boys.

Talk to other parents in the neighborhood or at you or your husband's work place.  Another resource is your real estate person.  She should have lots of information on the school system and any private schools in the area. has a fantastic resource that you will find useful.  Be sure to check it out.

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