Class of 2030: The Search for the Perfect School

This story begins at the end of last school year.

For my son, Bunny, we decided to homeschool school him for the summer to see how he’d do. Traditional, public school wasn’t working and if I’m going to work this hard as a parent, I may as well do all of the work. We enrolled him in Florida Virtual School (FLVS) and got him started.

For my daughter, Bee, we were considering sending her to school for the first time.  At four, the state of Florida allows children to attend school, to a voluntary pre-kindergarten program, paid for by the state. Bee is four.

Bee has asked to attend school since she could understand that we were dropping Bunny off there every day. We explained that it was a place to learn, grow and make friends. I think it was the “friends” that attracted her most.

Now that it was time, I was excited to give her that opportunity. As we searched for a new school, I received advice from friends, reviews from colleagues, online information and websites were abundant. But where was the best place to send my precious little girl?

Private School?

A quick Google search showed me the opening of a new school. It was private, expensive and very cool. The foundation of the school is STEM (or STEAM): science, technology, engineering, (arts), mathematics. I’ll tell you more about the “cool factor” later.

I wasn’t sure how we would afford it, on one income and all. I mean, I make some cash from this blog, but for the most part, it pays for itself and gives me some spending cash, hardly enough to finance a private school education.

But I was curious. Curious to see what they said, curious to see what the difference was from the traditional public school that we had utilized over the last several years. So, I submitted a request for the particulars. I signed up to go to their informational session. I even got my husband to buy in. We attended the session together.

What we saw was intriguing. The session itself was, well, a school informational session, all shiny and new. But for the kids, the kids played with robotics and technology while mom and dad were busy. The teachers sat down on the floor and walked my girls through how to use them. The teachers watched while my girls played.

By far, their favorite was this little robot that followed whatever line you drew. Bee had a blast drawing lines and then placing the robot down to follow. I know this because she spent a few minutes after the meeting telling me the ends and outs of how it works.

“We would like to see Bee again. When can you come in for an interview?” the administrator asked as we were leaving.

Until she asked, I don’t think the possibility of my daughter going to a private school was real.

My husband and I had a long discussion on the way home and I scheduled an interview the following Monday.

I was nervous. I had never put my children up for an interview or audition of any sort.

The Interview

The interview was fantastic. Bee’s knowledge, memory, and understanding rocked the tester. I was a proud momma. Then Butterfly started strutting her stuff (because where would I go without both of my girls?).

The second part of the interview was more of a robotics play session. Remember I told you about the “cool factor”, this was it. She went to another room and played with various robotics toys: a 3d printer (well, not played with, but watched it work), Google cardboard, and a whole lotta other stuff.

If you haven’t tried Google cardboard, you have to try it. It’s a 3D map rendition of the world. Once you download the app, this $15 device will help you see the world literally through new eyes. Virtual reality is at your fingertips and for cheap!

Anywho, my daughter got into the school. We were excited and my husband went to tell his family.

This fairly innocent phone call changed the rest of our summer and possibly the rest of our lives.

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44 thoughts on “Class of 2030: The Search for the Perfect School”

  1. Robin Masshole Mommy

    It’s STEM and my kids school focuses on it as well. My kids definitely go to the best school there is.

  2. It’s so important to make sure you choose the right school for children..or if you choose homeschooling you’ll want to make sure you have a lot of time to help them. Both of my girls are in public schools and they love it.

  3. It’s nice to see parents so focused and dedicated to give their kids the best education there is. it’s one of the best things that we can give them after all. I would be proud too, your daughter is amazing! I’m glad she got in!

  4. That’s amazing! I’m glad you have everything setup for all the kids. It’s not easy to decide since they are all different. Congratulations on your daughter rocking that interview and the exam as well! I would feel proud too.

  5. Congratulations! You must be one proud mommy. I also did my very best to get my kids enrolled in the best schools. Education is our priority and it is the only legacy I can give my kids. Thankfully, they did not make my sacrifice go to waste.

  6. STEM really sounds like one of the best candidates if I were to have kid enrolled. As good as these options are, parents should never forget that they are still the best teachers, in and out of the classroom. Did I say in? It’s true!

  7. As a parent every one of us is very much dedicated to provide the best education for our kids and it is important to make sure you choose the right school as well. I would love to check out the Google cardboard App to see how it works!

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  10. Picking the right school for your kids is really important. There are so many things that you need to keep in mind when looking for the right school!

  11. Congrats! That is fabulous!
    STEM is something I am going to be speaking to my school admins about this year – my kids don’t do enough of it at school and its important!

  12. I feel so many qualities can make up the perfect school and that definition could be different for every person. You just ultimately have to do what is best for your family.

  13. I hadn’t even heard of Google Cardboard until I read your blog post today. Private school interviews can be scary but it seems like your daughter rocked it.

  14. Amazing! That sounds like a great school and learning experience for your daughter. I have one in high school (9th grade) and one that has a few years to go before I can start thinking about schools, but it’s already on my mind. I’ve been considering private or homeschooling for my youngest. I want to give her the best education possible. Good luck on her interview!

  15. It’s tough making decisions for your kids when it comes to education. You definitely want the best school that can cater to their needs. I’m glad everything went well and that your kids are each going to a school that are fit for them!

  16. Ultimately the way you choose to give your child an education will shape her life in ways that are hard to articulate. Bravo to you for taking such care to find both of them the best educational options!

  17. This is awesome. I absolutely love when I see involved parents like yourself. So many times parents are not involved in their kids education

  18. It can be a challenge to find a school that fits your child’s needs. It is a good idea to start looking early.

  19. Oh wow, I haven’t even thought of the fact that my child will be “the class of…” yet. It’s great to weigh all of the options for the best possible school experience

  20. Ahhhh choosing the best school is so important. We bought a house specifically for the fact that this area has awesome schools

  21. I’ve been playing with private school ideas. It’s a secret sort of (I’ve told two people) to make it a reality.

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  23. My husband grew up in private schools and benefited. Ours daughters are in decent public schools but he makes a huge effort to expose them to new things all the time. Education is important.

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