Back to School in St. Croix
As we made the decision to move to St. Croix we had a few things in the forefront of our minds – house, job, church, and schools. Of course, with two young boys we were concerned about how they would continue with their education. We loved the elementary school where they had been attending and we knew it would be hard to balance with our new experience and going back to school in St. Croix.
There are many options for education here in St. Croix; public school, private school, parochial school, and home school. Coming from a long line of public educators the natural choice was to check out the public schools. In my research, I had spoken with a couple of families that told me that the public schools weren’t too great and that I should look into private or home school. We wanted to be part of changing that perception. We determined to send our children to the public school near our home.
Boundaries and Public School
Once on the island, we began looking into the schools a little more closely. We spoke with families that had personal experiences with the schools on the island. We learned that the school we had initially wanted to send our children to would not be a viable option due to boundaries. We also learned that in order to get our kids into that school we would basically have to falsify records of where we lived. Not how we wanted to start out our new life in a new place. We were advised that the school in which our house was in the boundaries would not be a good fit for our children.
We did look into two of the most prominent and very reputable private schools on the island. Either would be amazing for our children to attend. However, with many unknowns we were not comfortable with the tuition prices for either private school.
Winner, winner! Prior to coming to St. Croix I had done some research on the possibility of home school and had actually gotten pretty jazzed about it. I have always loved doing fun things with my kids to help them learn. The idea of being more involved with their education and having more influence over what they were learning was exciting to me. Due to the other options not being feasible, we will be home schooling our boys. There is a large home schooling community here on St. Croix. There will be many opportunities for our boys to socialize and get to know other children.
There are A MILLION home school options – which truly sort of exhaust and overwhelm me. However, I found a resource (Charlotte Mason – Amblesideonline.org) that resonated with me and I am pretty much making things work for our family. I’m not following any specific curriculum. My children are different than anyone else’s and I like the idea of being able to tailor our experiences to our needs.
We are a week and a half into our home school journey. It hasn’t been perfect. I sometimes feel like I am flying by the seat of my pants. I am figuring things out. We are growing together. We are learning together. It is fulfilling. It is hard. It is fun. We are choosing joy!
What questions do have about our schooling adventures? Ask away in a comment below!