My 12 yo daughter is about to start year 7 at the public high school her sister also attends. Whilst this school is brilliant for my older daughter, I’ve not been convinced it would be the right environment for my younger daughter who suffers from anxiety. The fact that the public school does not have a school uniform really doesn’t help either, I’ve already had tears about the shoes and shorts she’ll be wearing.
Last year I did make enquiries at a southside private school, but decided to go ahead with the enrolment at public school with the view that if it ‘didn’t work’, I could look at changing schools then.
To make things interesting, my 12yo decided to let me know two weeks ago about how the words that jump around the page and that this has been happening for years. So now we’re looking down the barrel of dyslexia; it actually explains a lot about her. I rang her high school yesterday to be told that they don’t have a counsellor on staff yet (and was asked how to spell ‘dyslexia’). Alarm bells are getting a wee bit louder.
My daughter is a highly intelligent child, her high school offers academic extension, but I know already that they don’t deal with unruly kids and now know that they do not have a counsellor to offer support and guidance. I am thinking that I need to look more seriously at the private system for the support that my daughter will need.
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I’d appreciate some comments about your experiences in the private school system, which ones have done what better. I am a single income family, so any comments regarding experiences with fee relief would also be appreciated.