Considerations for different elementary schools

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Considerations for different elementary schools

People in the United States sometimes feel as though they don't have much choice in education. But the educational landscape is rich and varied across the country. There are public schools, private schools, parochial schools, boarder schools, charter schools, magnet schools. So it takes a deliberate and intentional effort on the part of parents to look for the optimal match for their child. What should they look for? A number of things. One, a school that matches the values you have in your home. A parent nor a child is ever going to be comfortable in a place where the values are counter to the types of lessons the children are being taught in the home. Secondly, I would say look for a place where you walk in the door and believe your child could thrive. I tell parents all the time, trust your instincts. If you know your children well, ask yourselves when you walk through the door of a school whether your child would not only be happy there, but could learn there and thrive. Parents aren't picking schools for the way they learned. They're picking schools for the children that they have in their homes, and the children that they see every day. So set aside where you'd like to go to school as a parent, and think about, what's the best school for my child?

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Now starting her forty-second year, Reveta Bowers is the Head of School at The Center for Early Education, an urban pre-school through 6th grade Los Angeles independent school with 538 students. Devoted to children and education, Ms. Bowers served and has served on a number of boards. She is currently on Board of Overseers of the UCLA Healthcare System, on the founding board of the African American Board Leadership Institute and the board of the FEDCO Charitable Foundation. She just completed serving as Chair Emeritus of the Board of Directors of the California Community Foundation. A past president and former secretary of The Educational Records Bureau Board, Reveta Bowers was also a member of the Advisory Board to the Klingenstein Center at Teacher’s College for ten years. She served as an outside director on the Board of Directors of the Walt Disney Company for ten years and is a former member of the Harvard-Westlake, Brentwood and Windward School boards. Reveta was on the Council for Spiritual and Ethical Education board, and the boards of the National Association of Principals of Schools for Girls and the Country Day Headmaster’s Association. She served as a trustee and treasurer of the NAIS Board, and as past president of the California Association of Independent Schools. For the past thirteen years she has also been on the faculty of the NAIS Institute for New Heads where she serves as the Lead Faculty member. One of her proudest career moments was receiving the NAIS Diversity Leadership Award in 2009. She has had a long and rewarding career in independent schools and finds her work with organizations supporting education, students, parents, community and Board work to be continually inspiring.

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