Do you send your kids to public or private schools? Suburbs or downtown?

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Public. Closest part of my city to downtown with good rated schools—only reason we picked this neighborhood.


No. Calif.

Public school in the city. New York City. Gifted and Talented Program.

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I moved to get my kid from private downtown to suburb public - Boston area


Dominion Christian School in reston va. Small school planning to be onsite.

Really interested in this. can someone pls share a summary of pros and cons for each? And is it the case if finances were not a consideration, that private schools would always be the better choice?


I believe that to be true at my school. It’s hard enough to get into in any case, and harder still with fewer seats in 6-8. High school less so, I think. My prep school started in 9th, so that was a natural entry point.

Most interested in people living in downtown areas

Private school. We live downtown and the school is (borderline) downtown. Toronto.

Public. All day, full class gifted. City. Chicago.

Bell selective enrollment/RGC

Suburbs. Public.

Lived in the burbs, kid went to a public magnet high school in downtown Dallas (Booker T)

3 miles from city center and private.

Revisiting this thread, as yesterday my kid’s private school rolled out their back to class program.
I was incredibly impressed by how well thought out and planned it was. Quite amazing, and as I mentioned to another parent this morning, makes me confident in my kid’s health and well-being, not to mention continuing education going forward.
Meanwhile my highly ranked suburban public school still doesn’t have a clue, according to my neighbors.
Again, not saying better or worse, but at times like this there really is a value to independent schooling. Note that I say independent, as I don’t know how parochial/religious schools’ administrations work.

And our highly ranked public is fully prepared as well. All-virtual start followed by parents’ choice of virtual vs brick and mortar (elem) or virtual vs alternating day hybrid for HS. Temp check, personal plexi shields, masks required, longer/staggered passing periods, same for lunch, etc.

Which is back to my main point. At the high end, which is what most people here care about, the best publics and privates are equivalent with very few exceptions (eg Chicago Lab, Harvard Westlake). Public is much more economical (even factoring I’m buying into the “right” district) especially for >1 kid but comes with geographic restrictions.

On the economics, cash flow could be the same for good public (down payment, mortgage, property taxes) and private (tuition) but tuition is a straight expense while mortgage principal payments flow to balance sheet.

Downtown Chicago, Private Montessori school ages 6 & 2.

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