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Investing in our kids’ futures through private schools — FranklyStein

SchoolSometimes I wonder why we are draining our savings for private school but most of the time, I don’t give it a second thought.

I grew up in Baltimore City and always went to private school, and my husband went to Catholic school despite the strain it must have been on his family. It was a priority for them.

So sending our kids to private school was always the plan. We were lucky to find an incredibly reasonable private grammar school (K-8) for the kids. It’s a Christian school, and fits with our values and our budget. It’s definitely the best bang for your educational buck in the greater Baltimore area. For all four kids, it cost us less than it would have to send one child to the prep school I attended.

The school has no bells or whistles. There’s no band or school sports teams, but the class sizes are small and the kids receive individual attention from teachers who really know and care about them.

When my older son was getting into trouble at recess in fourth grade, instead of punishing him, they pulled him from recess and had him help out in the first grade classroom. He stopped getting into trouble and started developing confidence and leadership skills. My older daughter, who excelled in school, was able to work ahead of her elementary school class in a small group so she didn’t get bored.

Now three of the kids are in Catholic high schools and the bills are significantly higher. It’s definitely more of a strain on our finances, but I feel it’s worth it for each of them. My older son’s all boys’ school really understands boys and works to reach them where they are and pushes them to be more. The girls have small classes and are being challenged as students and in their faith.

Check out Chesapeake Family’s story this month on affording private school. If it’s a pipe dream for you, it might be worth a look. Private may not be totally out of your reach. We could never have afforded many of the private schools in the area, but we found schools that serve our kids well and fit in our budget. We have been able to make it work through savings and scholarships.

A couple of years ago, a financial advisor told us to look at private education as an investment. We are investing in our kids’ futures. And so far, it’s paying off.

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FranklyStein is a blog by Chesapeake Family Magazine editor Betsy Stein who lives in Catonsville with her husband, Chris, and four children, Maggie, 15, Lilly, 14, Adam, 14, and Jonah, 10.

 

 

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