Friday, February 11, 2011

Pre-kindergarden Registration

My Angel, sleeping on Christmas Eve.
My oldest son Caleb is turning 4 in September and it is already time to register him for pre-kindergarden!   I can't believe how time flies.  He is the reason I started this cloth diaper business in the first place and not I am shopping around for schools already. 

There are really only 2 options I am considering.  Where I live, we have 2 french schools, one public, one catholic.  One is old and one is newer.  One is smaller (approx. 200 students in total) and the other one is bigger (approx. 600 students).  Last evening I went to the smaller school's information session and was quite impressed.  Next week will be the other school's info session and then I have to make a decision.  Although we can always change our mind, my goal would be to stay in the same school until he is done 8th grade and not have to move him to another school because I realize I made the wrong choice. 

Just thinking about him going to school brings tears to my eyes.  His education and social integration is so important and I want to look at every aspects before making a decision.

For any of you who have had to make this decision or will have to in the future, what would be important aspects that you would consider in making your choice?  I'd love to hear your thoughts.




  1. I am not faced with the decision yet as my oldest is only 2 1/2. But when we purchased our house last year, it was important to be in an area with good schools. We are walking distance to a school and many others surround us!
    I too will send my kids to French school since we are a French family. Catholic or public, our decision will be based on the school itself, it's location, the mission, the principal and teachers, and the extracuricular activities available. Since we both work, we would also like to have some daycare available on site so we can drop our son off before class and pick him up shortly after.

  2. Hi Vicky, Our son is turning 4 in October this year so we are in the same boat! It was important for us to have him in Early French Immersion and there is only 1 public school in our boundary for EFI. It is quite a good one, but a bit overcrowded and old. However, many of the schools around us are old and at full capacity as we are in Westboro. I haven't been in a primary school in quite a long time, so when I went to visit, it was a bit of an eye opener to see it from a parent's perspective! I can just see myself being that mom who is all over the PTA and fighting to get rid of the portables! I too just could not believe my baby will be in SCHOOL this fall...sob!!!