SEES or Private or Suburbs

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    • #11806 Reply

      Hi, I am wondering if anyone can tell from experience whether we should (in case we get into our preferred classical school) still consider going private OR moving to suburbs (Wilmette or somewhere around there).

      We could potentially afford private (I would need to start working, now I am at home), but that would be a big investment for us, almost impossible but manageable. I am attracted by smaller classes, good healthy meals (from what I heard), a short walk from our home, and some other perks that private offers. What we are unsure about is how gifted kids are nurtured there and what the community feel is like.

      In terms of suburbs, I hear public schools there are better than CPS, but I am not sure I understand what it means in practice. We don’t know anyone in the suburbs. Does that apply to some particular north suburb schools, or basically any suburban school is better than an average CPS school…? What are the advantages suburban schools are famous for?

      Ultimately we want our child to love going to school, but also be constantly challenged. She is an early reader and mathematician and I wonder where she could strive best emotionally, socially and academically.

      Thanks for any advice <3

    • #11807 Reply

      We have not considered moving to the suburbs, so have not done my research at all. But did grow up in the west suburbs.
      I would say there is no way to make a general statement of CPS vs suburbs. I think it would highly depend on the specific schools you are comparing. Possibly adding the specific classical school/private school you are shooting for would help?

      I would say being able to walk to school is a HUGE perk!

      Also have you researched application private school application deadlines? From what I remember from chat between parents at our preschool last year, the deadlines for deposits on private schools were before CPS’s results came out. Im assuming your child is going to k this year, so I would definitely reach out to the private school you are interested as soon as possible.

      • #11810 Reply

        Thanks a lot for your response! Yes, the timing with private school worries me, we would need to apply before we’d know the results I think. I guess I am hoping the results would be early spring.

        We are trying to compare to Skinner North and Edison, vs Latin, Parker.

        • #11811 Reply

          I did email the CPS office of enrollment in early January and was told results are expected at the end of spring/early summer. I’m setting my expectations low, and expecting that to be pushed back further.

          As far as the private schools go, hopefully someone will respond that has been able to tour prior to COVID. I have never toured any of them. The general feeling I get talking to others is that the private schools you mentioned are very hard to get into. I don’t believe the application process takes into consideration the students abilities. So I have come to the conclusion that it must be who you know. I have also heard that they don’t do a good job with differentiation in the classroom. And I don’t know that they really have testing that compares to public schools. So comparing them to CPS schools might be difficult if you don’t get to do solid tour, as it must be how the school “feels”as opposed to the metrics that families generally use to compare private schools.

          One important thing for me was proximity. I only applied to schools that we close to us or that would be easy to swing by to/from the loop where my husband and I will be working post covid. None of the private fit that bill.

          • #11812 Reply

            Sorry I meant…. as opposed to the metrics that families generally use to compare PUBLIC schools.

          • #11813 Reply

            Thanks! Yeah, I was hoping that there would be parents here who have maybe tried both, whose kids have gone to private but then switched to public, or vice versa. I know there are those cases, I just have never met anyone.

            I did tour both Parker and Latin and loved it, but I still don’t think the tour is enough… Especially since I haven’t had a chance to tour Skinner North :/

            Proximity is a huge factor for us as well… We need an option to walk.

    • #11815 Reply

      If you are open to moving to a suburb like Wilmette/Winnetka,/Glenview, etc., and are not held into the city because of work or another obligation, then moving to the suburbs could be a great decision. The schools are truly excellent, including through high school. The students have a good community surrounding them, so they have friends to play with. You can also look into the suburbs that allow for you to live in a nearby suburb but go to their school district, such as Park Ridge, Niles, Lincolnwood, etc. Great options there as well. The taxes pay off in the end when you consider all of the included services and extracurriculars (park districts, etc.) that also have excellent programs.

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