We were paying $10,000 per kid for our 4 children to attend a private school that was a 40 minute commute into the suburbs from our home in the city. Two of our kids struggled academically and had severe anxiety and stress about going to school. With 35 students in the classroom, the teacher moved quickly through material, had very high expectations, and our son and daughter got further and further behind. They often got punished for being behind in work, and the teacher made them spend their recess completing unfinished work. The teacher suggested that the kids arrive 45 minutes before school for tutoring.
This was a recipe for disaster; the kids were exhausted, they fell further behind, the school and teacher continued to discipline the kids, and we were frustrated at the costly expense of this "good" school that was supposed to give our kids an academic advantage but was instead killing their love of learning. Not to mention the commute and dwindling family time that was consumed with more and more homework.We couldn't see a way out of this vicious cycle. The neighborhood school was not an option for us as it was in a dangerous part of town and performed poorly.
At wits end, we reached out to Uschool for a 3 hour consultation. Our Uschool advisor listened to them, asked deep questions about the kids' interests and passions and struggles.
Our Uschool advisor gave us some ideas to do at home if we wanted to continue to keep the kids in the private school, but also offered a different solution: Uschooling. With the monthly support of our advisor, we could educate the kids outside of school, get a custom learning plan for each kid, and be matched and connected to a like-minded community of Uschool learners and families. We felt a huge weight lifted knowing that with our advisor working with us to make sure they get caught up and stay on grade level, our family would feel supported on this new learning journey.
Uschool Mom, California