Non-neighborhood schools: where do you find community?
As the school lottery results trickle in, with PPS coming up shortly, for those who do get "lucky" and get into their school of choice, it seems the decision is clear. Right? Or is it? One of our readers recently emailed us to with a dilemma that we haven't quite touched on:
We recently found out that we got into a charter school in Portland, and while we are really impressed with the school and everything that it offers from the philosophy to the teachers, we are struggling with how to maintain a sense of place and community within our neighborhood should we decide to send our daughter to the school in the fall. The sense of community in our neighborhood is really strong especially among those families that send their kids to our neighborhood school. We got a taste of this over the past year, however, aside from the strong neighborhood community, the school lacks everything we seek in educating our daughter. The charter school is six miles from our house and if we decide to send our child to the school, we will be like so many other parents driving our kids to a school that would be a better fit for our daughter. We do worry that by doing so, our daughter will lose out on potential neighborhood friendships. Have any urbanmamas or papas gone through this? Can you have a sense of place with your neighborhood without sending your child to the neighborhood school?