We home educated our daughters for nearly 8 years until last year when our bishop approved the opening and support of a new Catholic high school in our city. With two children still at home and entering the middle and high school years, my knight decided that it was time for the girls to attend formal Catholic school for the science and math that their mom has struggled with through the years. So we put the eldest in the new high school last year.
Here's what I have learned thus far over the past year and three quarters:
1. We did NOT send our two daughters to the neighborhood Catholic school because:
- Mom was tired of the kids being home all the time and needed a break!
- the children need a firm Catholic education, (they have it at home)
- the children needed exposure to the "real" world, (again they have it at home)
- the children need character-building experiences
- the children need socialization, especially other Catholic children.
- Math and sciences with higher level of expertise was needed.
- government-run public schools are not an option
- snotty private schools are also not an option
- a Catholic atmosphere of good Christian values was the preferred option