[quote="lifeisbeautiful, post:16, topic:240613"]
Hi Serap! Wow, I can't believe your little one is going to start school already!!! How time flies!!!
What I try to do is see what I can gather about the school from a moral point of view. The 7.8 vs 6 isn't that huge of a difference if the moral environment of the 6 is much better than the one of the 7.8. Its hard to figure that out, but talking with parents that have send their children to either school can help. I know you said you decided and that it was a no brainer, but your concern about her moral upbringing is a very valid one as children are impressionable and are forming their conscience and whatever they learn in school can affect them greatly later in life. My priest, when asked about whether a Christian school with great facilities would be better than a good Catholic one with less facilities, mentioned that its more important to be a saint that to be a great scholar, and this is so very true. Now, it does not mean that sending ones child to whatever Catholic school is around is what would be best for every family, but it does mean that one cannot put academics over taking care of the spiritual area (and choosing public over Catholic school does not automatically mean you are doing this, if, for example, the Catholic school is Catholic in name only and does not follow the spirit of the Church, or if a school is an academic disaster that cannot be helped). And I don't mean relying on the school to provide the spiritual background for the child, as this is a task for the parents, but I do mean learning about the school to make sure it supplements this, or at least does not cause harm/impede it. What I like about my Catholic school is that, for example, if someone in the school is pushing an agenda that is morally incorrect (abortion, encouraging sexual exploration, homosexuality, etc) I can talk with the school and see that it changes. In a public school that is not possible.
I can 't believe how your family is growing too!
the 7.8 is in a very nice neighbourhood. the 6.0 is in a not so great neighbourhood. the 7.8 is a 2 min walk from our house and many of the kids there are Jewish/Protestant. The parents are all very educated and polite. I like the parents that send their kids there also.
The Catholic school would also require my daughter to cross a very busy street (which I don't like very much).
I hear what you are saying though. My DH is not religious and he would be very against me not sending her to the best school also.