My oldest children are in elementary school and because I had young ones I had them in public school as I could not figure out how to get them to school (we have no local Catholic school) with babies in diapers/nursing etc. when the bus came to our property. I visited many of the Catholic schools that we could apply to, but just could not figure out how to get it done and get my husband to agree to the financial aspect. So I put up with public school.
But at the beginning of this current school year, our daughter kept coming home with very strange stories about what was going on in her class and my husband and I would just stare at each other over her head wondering what the heck was going on in her class! I went to see for myself one morning. It was a circus to say the least. My daughter is extremely shy and quiet and there is NO way she could learn in that environment. Because of the No Child Left Behind there were no less than 3 adults coming and going in the classroom the entire time I was there (during a testing session that should have been quiet for the children to test) and it was just a really bad situation. The teacher was wonderful, and it was not the school’s fault, it was just a really difficult class for children to actually learn anything in due to the vast differences of all of the children. So I finally had enough information to get my husband to agree to the tuition of a Catholic school, plus I was ready to take on the twice daily commute. Within one week we had them enrolled in a Catholic School.
Our school would not even accept us until they had tested our children and the test scores were compatible with what the school expected. We were happy to learn and have since learned that our children were not receiving substandard educations in our local public school.
I cannot imagine a school accepting and allowing a child to begin classes only to then tell her she has to leave?? What is wrong with that principal?? Anybody in their right mind would know how bad that could be for a young child.
Why do I support a Catholic education you ask? I cannot even begin to tell you all of the positive things about it. My children are thriving unbelievably! There were definitely good things about the public school, the teachers were nice and they were nice kids. I really enjoyed the other parents. But the lack of uniformity in dressing, the messy hair and jewelry and competition for popular clothes etc. was bothersome to us. Plus the lack of respect for adults etc.
The Catholic school is so different its amazing. Although I don’t know why I’m surprised, I went from a public junior high to a Catholic High School and the difference between my education/experience and all of my friends who went on to the public High School was so huge that I should not be surprised. I don’t think my public school friends even attended school they ditched class so much!
The clean, tasteful uniform is just one small (but great) aspect. The amount of respect is the best thing. These children are so polite and well-behaved compared to what we used to see. It is Hello Mr. and Mrs… this and that, all politeness and manners are a big deal at this school. There is no where near the messing around, the schoolwork is the top priority, and I love that they have little signs and notes all over the walls that say things like “respect other people” and “treat people kindly” etc. Not just religious notes, but notes on general kindness and respect overall.
They go to mass weekly and its wonderful to go and see all of these children at mass together, I just love it! Every classroom I’ve seen so far has a statue of the Mother Mary. They have religion every day in class. They say Grace before going to lunch. They have morning prayer over the intercom along with the Pledge of Allegiance.
Its just a totally different atmosphere. Are there bad things as well? Yes, but honestly that is more for me as a parent than my kids. There are wealthy people and that is a bit uncomfortable, but that is anywhere, not just private schools. My kids absolutely love this school. They were devastated when we moved them and within a few shorts days they were in love with it.
I think you need to assure the Parish Priest that you will do what it takes to get her up to speed. I hope he will listen to reason that we do not want to push children away, especially those who embrace the Catholic Faith as she has! You should portray to him everything you said to us and I pray he will listen to reason! Allowing her to begin and then turning her away is a horrible thing to do and hopefully he will understand and recognize that and put an end to it immediately!
I wish you all the best, your daughter sounds like an amazing child and I wish I could meet her