It’s true, everything does start in the home but where our children spend most of their time outside of the home definitely has a huge impact. That being said, Charter schools were the obvious choice for us for several reasons.
Education is one of the main things we focus on when we think about our children’s future. As a parent we all want our kids to excel in life, to be ethical and productive citizens in society. Many parents have the same expectations in the school they choose as they have for their own children. At a young age every child is influenced by their peers and the rules that are placed into their daily routines.
Charter schools have smaller classrooms and more teachers so that they can give more help academically. They seem to focus more on teaching students how to be positive and have better morals. In most instances, they even require a dress code be enforced so students are not distracted by appearance.
I enrolled my daughter into young fives at a charter school when she was 5. Although many of her peers from pre-k went right into Kindergarten, I thought that it was best to start her at the beginning of the schools curriculum and not risk her being behind academically. The next year she started Kindergarten at the same school but I was faced with the decision to switch her schools when we moved across town. The charter school near my home was full so she had to switch to a public school. It was not a great experience for me as a mother, or my daughter as a student. Many of the students used profanity in the hallways, dressed inappropriately for their age and she even got harassed and physically assaulted by other children her age on more than one occasion.
This year as soon as I could apply to get her on the list at the charter school near my home I did so. The school has a dress code unlike the first charter school she attended and you can walk into the school and feel that the environment is more friendly. I get frequent emails about what events are going on top of newsletters. Whenever any type of incident happens I receive a phone call right away, when she went to the public school I would get a call hours later or sometimes not at all.
I send my child to Charter schools because I want what is best for my children and there education. What works for me might not work for the next parent but I hope you take into consideration what I have shared with you and what would make your family the most comfortable. Every child should grow up where they can expand their mind and grow as an individual. I feel charter schools give my children the opportunity to do this to the best of their ability.