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Friday, February 17, 2006


Not only is it beyond our means, but at that price, unless I can be guaranteed my kid will end up in Congress or the Chief of Staff at a major metropolitan hospital, it hardly seems worth the investment.

Around here, private schools top out at around $10,000. Still not cheap. Many of them offer financial aid, though, as a way to promote "economic diversity," or I forget how they put it. It can be up to 1/2 the cost of tuition in some cases. Have you checked with the individual schools?

It still begs the question of whether it is better than a public school education.

Gooch: I was thinking more founder of Gaggle, a new computer search firm that makes trillions.

Jessica: A little bit, but we're pretty realistic about our ability to afford it.

Jack: The Times story mentions a 10-year-old study that shows test scores are not significantly better for those who go to private schools. (I'm not sure if they separate kids from the most expensive schools from the least expensive.) But it's clear kids at elite schools have an easier time getting into the best colleges, the study found.

It's hard to know if that's because the parents are loaded, or because colleges perceive prep school students as better.

kids at elite schools have an easier time getting into the best colleges

Is that necessarily a good thing? I went to two mid to upper-level colleges, the second of which (University of Idaho) is regularly ranked as one of the best educations for a low price in the west. Their engineering school grads consistently match or beat test scores of grads from schools such as MIT.

Every single friend and acquaintance who graduated with me from the UI has gone on to success in their chosen career. Some of them are even impressive world-beaters, including a senior exec at eBay.

My point... It doesn't matter where you get your education. It only matters what you do with it.

I mostly agree, though I suppose it depends a lot on your career choice. For example, Yale seems to be a definite advantage if you want to become president, regardless of party. ;--)

I guess a lot depends on what you plan on doing and where you want to live.

Regardless, I do believe the most important thing is for your kid to learn.

We plan to send our son to a private school, but that has more to do with it being Christian education than anything else. There just aren't many Christian public schools around. ;)

It comes down to priorities. If something is important enough, you'll find a way. Of course, it helps if your wife teaches at the school...

I'm prett creative, but I don't think I'm up to $50,000 a year for two kids.

Don't rule out a private school education out of hand. There is a great variety in private schools, even in the Inland Empire. I'll grant that there are some high-priced private schools (I'm sure that Webb in Claremont isn't a bargain), but some of the religious private schools have tuition of $5,000 or much less. Of course, this doesn't help the secularists...

Actually, we live right next to a highly respected Carden Arbor School. The price is $7,000-$8,500 depending on age.

One thing about Jewish private schools is that they're so desperate to combat secularism and reverse the tide of assimilation that they'll usually cut families a break on tuition. There are rumors that all the Jewish schools in Seattle are, in fact, funded by philanthropists and parents pay nothing.

We're looking at a Jewish school near us where a lot of college professors send their kids. Our main criteria is that the academic subjects must take priority over religious education. To us, the religion is a neat bonus, but only a bonus.

If we did public school, of course, we'd still have to schlep Seth to Hebrew lessons twice a week at the synagogue anyway, and that gets to be a lot of chauffering if you add music lessons or soccer, etc.

Anyway, I'm just thinking in print. Nothing's decided yet.

Re: Anne's comment above. The Jewish schools in Seattle cost significantly less than their West Coast counterparts. They are not free. But, the high school is still a bargain in comparison.

Sounds like we need some philanthropists down here. Thanks, SephardiLady.

Private school charge hefty amount of money but every private school do not chare same amount of money. There are so many private high schools that provide quality education at an affordable rate. Some schools are also non profit organizations and work for the development of society.


I'm from Canada but assume many of the US schools are similar. Our larger private schools here cost $40,000 per year, but the average tuition fees for most good private schools are around $10,000 to $12,000 per year.

I send my daughter to a montessori school for $8,000 per year. Well worth it too! Here's a site that shows tuition rates for schools in Canada, US and some overseas schools. Canadian Private Schools


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