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A rock and a hard place - Should we stay with a school we don't love or put our son through ANOTHER big change?
Here are the things Iâ‚¬â„¢m thinking about:
1) We know he will be safe, and reasonably happy in the current school for 1st grade but we also know he won't be challenged academically or develop strong friendships (80% of the students speak English as a second language which makes organizing activities outside of school difficult).
2) We know he will be changing schools for second grade (We're renting a house until we get a good sense of the area and plan to buy a home in summer '09. When we move into our â‚¬Å“permanentâ‚¬" house heâ‚¬â„¢ll attend that public school)
3) Our son historically handles â‚¬Å“big changesâ‚¬" really well (getting a baby brother, moving across the country, starting kindergarten, etc)
4) We really prefer public school over private
So, the question is â‚¬â€œ do we make him attend four different schools in four years (Preschool, K, 1, 2), or do we give him a less than stellar first grade experience in order to provide a bit more continuity in his little life. Iâ‚¬â„¢d love to hear any thoughts or advice! Thanks!