"It had to be a private school..."
I am a single parent of a 12 year old girl. There has never been any question of what school - the only criteria would be that it is private. Being convent educated for 12 years does strange things to the mind.
But getting back to the subject at hand, I have always been a proponent of "alternative" education so have looked at other forms of education where everything is not only academic but also based on child development and individuality e.g. Montessori, School of Philosophy and Waldorf etc.
I found that in my schooling career, I generally had the same classmates from primary all the way through high school and that was great. So I want the same for my daughter and money is no object because you can't put a price on knowledge or self-worth. The school she goes to caters for Grade 00 all the way to matric. At primary school level, if you were there from the beginning then you would have the same teacher all through your years until you get to high school, where obviously teachers specialise in subjects so you have more than one teacher. The classes are small - which I love, and the school is very proactive and allows for great parent teacher interaction. So there is no need to shop around for a high school because her needs are well catered for at this school.
I love the discipline aspect as well, it never ceases to amuse me that the kids are actually quite horrified when they are punished and have to work in the gardens and help with the weeding/mulching/planting and on a Saturday nogal.
Good luck with the interviews
Kind regards Saras P.S.Now all Siobhon has to do is tell me that she wants to study something like Actuarial Science, which my creative mind does not understand, and then we're heading for disaster as I face the absolutely terrifying prospect of realising she's all grown up.