Eventually, many parents come to the conclusion that switching their kids to private school is the right decision, but when is the best time to make the move? In many cases, you’ve made the choice from early on in their education and your student is able to ease right through beginning at kindergarten and on through the eighth grade. But, not all families come to private education in that manner.
Often parents show up to St. Barnabas with frustrated children who, for any number of reasons, are not getting what they hoped to from their public school education. Whether socially or academically, they may be struggling to adapt and so the transfer to a private school is a much needed new start. Research shows that these two issues are probably linked as students who struggle socially are more likely to struggle academically as well. So, as a parent, you’re stuck with the need to make a decision to make school a more comfortable and productive environment for your child.
Other children need a change of scenery in order to help manage their own behavior. Perhaps your child gets lost and frustrated in a packed public school classroom and this causes them to act out. Behavior like this is difficult to manage in a large school environment, but an intimate private school classroom may be just the place for this particular child to thrive. No matter how your child is struggling in public school there is no bad time to make a change. You may be thinking that you should wait until next fall, or until middle school starts, but if your child needs a change in order to succeed in school there is no better time than the present.
Maybe your transition to private school doesn’t seem like such an emergency. Your child is doing fine, progressing well, and making friends in her public school class, but you've decided to transition her into private education because you believe in the methodology and you want to give her a leg up on her future. In this case, you may opt to wait until the upcoming fall to switch schools. Either way, you can rest assured knowing that, in a small community like St. Barnabas, she will be noticed by her teachers and will be able to make friends.
School isn’t always easy for anyone. And while you may be hesitant to move your struggling student to a private school we have seen time and again how our transfer students thrive in our classroom environment in a way that they weren't able to before. If you’re ready to make the move to private education, contact us today to make an appointment to meet our faculty and visit our campus.