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DH and I have been having this discussion of public or private school for DS.  He went to public and I was always in private.  Private school is super expensive.  The grade school I went to is now $3500 a year, and I'm sure it will be higher by the time DS goes to school.  I feel I got a much better education.  DH has some learning disabilities that were completely overlooked all through school.  He didn't even know he had a problem until we started dating and I pointed it out and he got tested.  Have you thought about it?
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    Public for grade school, but private for high school.
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    DD will be in the same public school district as I was in and I am confident in it. We couldn't afford private. It's a good question though.
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    Public. The only private schools we have around here are a joke!

    NC had some wonderful privates schools. To bad I live in BFE!!!

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    DH went to private school for grade and h.s. I went to public and so do all of my children.
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    Our public schools are horrible where I live, we would have to commute 20+ miles to the next district. We are thinking Montessori for grade school and I hope private for high school. My parents will most likely pay for it if we can't afford it.
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    Public. The only private schools we have around here are a joke!

    NC had some wonderful privates schools. To bad I live in BFE!!!

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    I went to private and DH went to public, and we both agree that I got a better eduction.  At the time, we both lived in South Florida, where the schools are terrible.  If we ever move back to FL (which I can't imagine will ever happen) we'll put DS in private school, but since the schools here in TN are really good (the elementary and middle school in our district are ranked #4 in the nation) we'll send him to public school.
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    I am about to start teaching in a year or so and I even want my child to go to a private school.
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    I think our public schools are an absolute joke.  My LO will be going to private school.
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    Homeschooling until at least middle school, then probably public because I doubt we'll be able to afford private. However, if we end up living in this area once DS is at that age (we plan to move to Europe so I don't know if we'll be coming back by then) it's not a problem since this county has very good public schools in regards to safety and test scores. Neighboring cities, not so much.?

    DH and I both went to public schools and we both agree that we got pretty much nothing out of them in the elementary years. I could have skipped 2nd and 3rd grade because of what my parents taught me at home casually, but I was so small they decided it would be better if I stayed with kids my own age. Nothing like sitting around for two years bored out of your mind. I hope to spare DS that same dull fate.?

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    As a former private school attendee (Catholic) and teacher (Catholic) I prefer private.

    ETA: At least in Canada the Catholic schools are free like regular public schools and there are tons of them. I'll just have to convince DH.

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    Public.  We have an awesome public school system (We should our taxes are high enough). 
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    We are very torn over this decision.
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    DD will be going to private.  Currently, our city is in a budget crisis.  They have done away with all extra programs - music, art, band, choir, etc..  We currently are enrolled in a program through the private school we will send DD where you can purchase gift certificates and get money toward tuition to lighten the expense. 

    I am a public school teacher but went to private grade school.  I personally feel that the education in either school is the same.  There are a few differences though.

    Private school - morals and values are taught.  Don't get me wrong here - morals/values are taught first at home and a good/bad kid will be in the private and public school.  I however, had a lot more respect for adults than my public school friends and had a lot better morals/values.

    Public school - you have a wider variety of students to socialize with and can make more friends IMO.  I went to a school with only 50 students in my graduating class.  Also, the gym, art, music and computer programs are better if it's more than once a week, which I only had in grade school.

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    I think this is a very personal decision which greatly depends on where you live.  I am a public school teacher in Nashville (thanks to kklickka for saying nice things about our schools! Where are you zoned for?).  Many of the larger school districts have specialty & magnet school options if you don't like where you are zoned.  For example, I teach at a public Montessori magnet school.  The program starts at 3 years old & is wonderful!  A friend of mine (who also teaches there) has a son in 1st grade.  He attended school with us through kindergarten then switched to Catholic school this year.  She says he is doing a lot of the same work he learned during his years at our school.   Also, keep in mind that no matter the school, there are good & bad teachers everywhere.  You could have the worst teacher at the best school.  Also private schools do not usually have as stringent requirements for their teachers since they are not regulated like public schools.  Lastly, if your child does have any special needs, s/he is more likely to get services in the public schools because they have specialists on staff which mnay private schools do not.  Just some thoughts to consider...

    *By the way, $3500/year is a pretty good deal for private school!  That is about the cheapest I've seen!

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    Public for us. We bought a house in the area we knew had really good public schools. They are comparable to the private schools in the area in terms of education and I don't have to pay anything additional.
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    dh went to public and i went private. the school system here is so so.

    we're very split on this decision, hopefully the school system will greatly improve so she can go there if not, then i'm putting my foot down (and my checkbook lol) and sending her to private catholic or baptist.

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    Our private schools suck.  You have to go to Pittsburgh to find a decent private school, and that's not exactly an easy drive.  And those ones are way out of our budget.

    He will be going to public school just like DH and I.  I have no problems with this.

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