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a day What Students in Western Wake Are Saying About Their Private School

By Kristy stEvEnson

From base schools, to magnet, charter, international and private instruction options – Triangle parents have many choices when it comes to selecting the best fit for their child’s educational needs. Wake county school reassignments and families split by different calendars have caused many to re-examine these options. Wral-Tv reports that non-public schools have shown a dramatic increase in applications this year, noting that the “increased interest seemed to intensify as the Wake county school board waged a public political battle on how to assign students across the district.” Some schools are now even showing waitlists at every grade level. are they a better option for your family? From attending information sessions to monitoring deadlines and filling out applications, there is a protocol to follow. our area has a variety of non-public alterna-

tives, from the traditional to the progressive. Parents need to consider grade ranges taught in each school, proximity to home or workplace, whether you want a religious or independent school and what size, and what their student to teacher ratio may be. The best school for your child is a personal decision based on your family, your values, as well as the special needs and interests of your child. The list of private schools serving Western Wake county is growing each year, so we talked to six private instruction students about what makes their school tick. Each was asked the same questions in order to paint a picture of what their day consists of, what they’re learning, and how they feel about where they fall in the system. So if you’re in the market for private instruction, consider what these Western Wake students have to say about their campuses:

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