Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Happy with school

As you may recall, two years ago when I was shopping for a school for Miriam, I ended up choosing the road less traveled. And truly, it has made all the difference. Last year (her first year at the school) was a great year - she learned and grew so much. This year has been even better, which I couldn't have dared hope for. So much of a good "school" actually depends on a good teacher. And Miriam got quite the gem this year. Of course, the supporting infrastructure of the school is important, too, and I am quite happy with the experience we've had for the last two years.

In the fall, Magdalena will attend the same school as Miriam, so I'll have two children there (huzzah for coordinated schedules!). Every spring, we parents get to talking about schools again and when asked, I am always happy to share how pleased we are with Miriam's school. But I'm also careful to couch my opinion in terms of what's best for our family. That's what I learned two years ago, the first time around.

That said, consider this: when we signed Miriam up for this school two years ago, I didn't know a single soul who currently sent their kids there. This year, I could easily name half a dozen families in the neighborhood who will be sending their kids there next year. Some of this may actually be due to my own word-of-mouth efforts, but I think it goes to show something else: this school fills a need in the community.

Before this school, there was one school where almost all the Westerners sent their kids, and a different school where nearly all the Arabs/Iranians/Pakistanis sent their kids. As I wrote about in the post linked above, this was sometimes a source of division in the community because the lines were so clearly drawn.

I just love what I am seeing this year: parents of all nationalities sending their kids to this one school. I don't know if the school, when its founding principles were being drawn up, consciously recognized what a need there was for an institution of learning that would welcome all nationalities, but that is the niche it is filling. And I am so happy to be a part of it.


Kathy Haynie said...

What a blessing to have a good school and good teachers within the school. Love the international cross-cultural take on education. Also love little girls with bows - thank you, Hunger Games. (Still haven't read it, but my teenage female archery-loving students say that played a part.) And what is the blue globe in the photo? A cool chair or a giant hair dryer?

Liz Johnson said...

YAY! That's so awesome. I'm so glad you found such an awesome fit, and way to follow your instincts.

Crys said...

I love that your choices are have a positive effect on your community! So exciting!

Suzanne Bubnash said...

People here sometimes ask where your girls go to school, and I explain the virtues of this multi-national option. Everyone approves. Everyone applauds. Including me.

Mikael said...

Love the picture... but WOW! How do you keep those floors so clean?;)
Miss you!!

Bridget said...

It's easy, Mikael - my housekeeper keeps them clean. :)


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