5 Mar 08
What really matters - travel distance, academic performance, fees, sports program, facilities, teachers, principal, curriculum ??? All those things matter. But, you have to decide what morals and values you want your child to have and then make the choice based on that. You are going to have to help them with the academic part, no matter what school your child attends. The public schools in the area where I live are very unsafe due to the social economic makeup of the city that I live in. Therefore my husband and I put our kids in private school. I think that environment is the most important factor. If the school seems to not be up to your standards (for example you start in public school but realize that it was not the best fit for your child you can always change the school in the middle of the school year.) There are really no hard and fast answers it really depends on what you want out of the school. I have also found that even though we have a boy and a girl most schools are geared towards teaching girls. Boys tend to take a little long with the English and Reading skills and excel at math and science. Most school are bias in favoring girls. So the best way to measure is if your child is always building and improving on what skills they have.