I stretched myself thin to move to Palo Alto, and I squeezed my three kids into a small 1000 square foot house (1 bathroom, no dishwasher, no garbage disposal, 3 small bedrooms, slab foundation, cracking ceilings, cackling wall heater) for the PAUSD school system.
Was it worth it? Every penny. I'm thankful every day that I made that decision. My kids are well adjusted, they are happy, they are doing far more and learning far more than I ever did at this age. The schools and the teachers are smart, sensitive and caring, and my kids are getting the right level of challenge for their situation. They are pushed, they are competitive, they are leaders, they are learning. My 6th grade daughter was in the 99th percentile in her writing assessment. My son was reading at the 5th grade level in 1st grade. They are getting alot of varied opportunities.
Yes, I pay extra for things like sports teams, music lessons, etc. so financially its tough for us. And the school facilities are older. But the kids are thriving. And they are happy. They have well adjusted friends whose parents have high expectations too. And they are safe. My kids are going to be prepared for college.
So, my question is - is PAUSD really an excellent school district or is it somehow smoke and mirrors - and I'm just being tricked?
I don't understand the recent rumors that some parents are contemplating breaking out of PAUSD to become a charter school. Are there really a lot of parents out there that are so unhappy with their kid's experience, that they would rather leave?
Are there that many parents out there that have enough confidence in a small charter school start up to do better than PAUSD that they're willing to give up an outstanding PAUSD education?
I'm confused. It makes me feel like I should be unhappy about PAUSD results, when in reality, I feel thrilled and thankful to be part of PAUSD and the benefits my kids are receiving here. I wouldn't trade it for all the money in the world. It feels like the best investment I've ever made.
What am I missing?