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Old 07-11-2007, 01:39 PM   #21
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oh and another thing. a religious private school, you are required to take religious courses and tought from their perspective. however the bible credits do not transfer to other highschools and even some universities so your kids will be stuck going to religious colleges. i had that problem in high school. i transfered in 10th grade and the bible credits didnt count so i had to do summer school and take extra courses instead of electives...
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Old 07-11-2007, 01:47 PM   #22
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At Catholic school, the only differences I experienced were that we had to attend mass once a month and we had to take one semester of Intro to Theology - which was actually a pretty interesting class.

We weren't taught creationism in biology class or anything.

In some parochial schools (like Pius) they segregate girls and boys into two different schools. F that. Schools already boring enough with chicks to look at. I'd never subject my kids to that.

Granted there are a lot of kids in private school who are there because they got kicked out of pub school, but I'd imagine they are the minority.

I'd send my kids to private school before I let them go to pub school in say, la Marque, but some public districts have great schools.

Also, some are very expensive, and if you have to sacrifice a steady homelife in order to put in the hours to be able to afford private school, then you may be missing the point altogether.
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Old 07-11-2007, 01:50 PM   #23
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At Catholic school, the only differences I experienced were that we had to attend mass once a month and we had to take one semester of Intro to Theology - which was actually a pretty interesting class.

We weren't taught creationism in biology class or anything.

In some parochial schools (like Pius) they segregate girls and boys into two different schools. F that. Schools already boring enough with chicks to look at. I'd never subject my kids to that.

Granted there are a lot of kids in private school who are there because they got kicked out of pub school, but I'd imagine they are the minority.

I'd send my kids to private school before I let them go to pub school in say, la Marque, but some public districts have great schools.

Also, some are very expensive, and if you have to sacrifice a steady homelife in order to put in the hours to be able to afford private school, then you may be missing the point altogether.
we were forced to go to chapel every wed morning:BangHead: and we had a bunch of drug dealers...now half the girls in my 05grad class are preganant or alreadys have kids
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i went to bay area christian academy and it was like 5k a year, the school is on wheels. i went there for 11years and i would hang myself before i went back there. the principals are 's as well as the teachers. in my recent experience private school is no better environmentally. the academics are way harder with excelled learning. but there are some of the worst kids in private school cause some parents see it as a reform school...IMHO

i'm gonna have to agree. the only reason i went to a private school was because i was heading down the "wrong direction"
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we were forced to go to chapel every wed morning:BangHead: and we had a bunch of drug dealers...now half the girls in my 05grad class are preganant or alreadys have kids

1. lots of drug dealers

2. easy chicks

3. no class on wed. morning

sounds prety good to me
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1. lots of drug dealers

2. easy chicks

3. no class on wed. morning

sounds prety good to me
lol i dont do drugs, not a big fan. the easy chicks i didnt know about till i grad:BangHead: but i guess the no class thing wasnt so bad
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I went to both private and public high schools. In my experience the private school was much better at preparing students for university. The staff was better, curriculum was better, materials were better, even the students were better.

When I got into college the kids from private schools always seemed to adapt more readily to the more stringent courseload.

, I'd wager that you get a better education at St. John's High School than you get at a lot of colleges.
I did the same private and public. I didn;t learn a thing in public school(AP classes). In college coasted by w/o studying or attending class.
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i went to bay area christian academy and it was like 5k a year, the school is on wheels. i went there for 11years and i would hang myself before i went back there. the principals are 's as well as the teachers. in my recent experience private school is no better environmentally. the academics are way harder with excelled learning. but there are some of the worst kids in private school cause some parents see it as a reform school...IMHO
yeah no wonder u ended up like that
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Old 07-11-2007, 09:45 PM   #29
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i went to private school (seton catholic) it is on littly york and tidwell and i want to say that is was around 6G per year and i loved it
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I went to public school through 8th grade. Junior High was a complete waste of time. I then went to Strake Jesuit for High School. It is truly an awesome school which provides a great education and made college a breeze. Teachers were very good and the school is genuinely a community which really cares about the students. Religion was not at all shoved down my throat. I had a lot of friends that went to St. Agnes across the parking lot and it is a very good school as well.

There are good and bad private schools out there, just as there are good and bad public schools. There are plenty of good public schools that will provide a good education in a safe environment. The State puts out a ‘report card’ each year on all the schools and it is fairly easy to do the research so you know what to expect.

Private schools are more difficult to research from a quality point of view. Of course it also depends on what you are looking for as well as your values. You really need to research these schools thoroughly to make sure you will be getting what you are paying for. For instance, if it is a primary or secondary school – where do their graduates end up going to high school? For the high schools, if college is your goal what colleges are the grads getting into? What’s the average SAT score? What percent go onto college? What’s the average scholarship?

If you have a particular high school in mind then you can work backwards. Find out from that high school what the major feeder schools are. For instance St. Vincent’s on Bellaire is a big feeder school for Jesuit.
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I just pulled my daughter out of public high school. She will be attending private school for her last two years. She missed 6 months of the year year before last due to medical reasons. The school would not give her a tutor and she walked in and passed all the finals cold without doing the course work. That sets off big red flags in my book. The new school will cost 600 to 800 per month. Upside is 50% of the graduates have full to large college scholarships at graduation. The top kid last year had a 200k scholarship for the school of his choice.
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Just remember there are the same social problems in a private school as there are in public school, however, the smaller and more intimate nature of private schools do help parents control the situation better.

Someone also mentioned IB (International Bacheloriate), definitely something to look into. I was one of the first in Hawaii to graduate with a full IB certificate and I really enjoyed the experience. If your kids are up to the challenge, IB and AP will do wonders for their college prep.

Anyway, education is just way too important of a task in my opinion to leave to the government ... take it into your own hands (homeschool) or find a good private school that will cater to your needs.... that is of course if you can afford it .... school vouchers anyone?
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