Thursday, October 13, 2011

A look at private and independent schools

As anyone with school-aged children who lives in Prince George's County knows, the schools in the area don't have a good reputation. My husband, an optimist through and through, says the schools are not as bad as people think, they just look bad compared to Montgomery and Howard counties (their schools are always on lists for the nation's best schools).

Whether they just compare poorly to schools in neighboring counties or are poor, many people seek alternative education options. If you're one of those people, there's an event this weekend that should interest you: the DC Area Independent School Fair.

The fair will have representatives from dozens of area private and independent schools. The fair will also include half-hour panels on how to choose a school, how admissions decisions are made and how to pay for these schools.

The fair, which has FREE admission, will be held from 3-5 pm, Saturday, Oct. 16, at American University's Katzen Art Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave in Washington, DC.  According to AU's website, parking for the center is free on weekends. More information is online here:  https://m360.aimsmddc.org/ViewEvent.aspx?id=31838&instance=0.

Now, lest you think I'm putting down the county's public schools, I'm not. In fact, I think some of the county schools are quite good. You just have to do your homework on them. And no matter how good the county schools are, if you want a religious-based education, or strong religious values mixed with school, you're not going to get that in county schools. So, it's good to know some of the other options.

However, if you do want a good county education, stay tuned to this blog.  Next week, I'll publish a post about some of the cool education options the county has.

-Hyattsville Mom

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