Different types of private school education

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Different types of private school education

What are different types of private school education? There are many choices these days in types of education. For example, there is the traditional school. There is the progressive school and there´s everything in between. And everything in between can be a school for gifted children, a school that focuses on a special subject like arts or sciences or both, a school that caters to a particular population like a certain kind of philosophy like a Waldorf school for example or a Regio inspired school. It´s always a good idea to apply the are these my people criteria when you take a look around and you are touring a school. You really want to know that these are people that you are going to want to spend time with, you are going to want to join committees and you are going to want to feel perfectly comfortable sending your child to their house and inviting their children to your house because that is also part of what school is about. The other thing is to see whether the school has a very structured curriculum and a very structured school day and whether your child, in your opinion, will respond well to that or not. If you are a loosely structured family and you think all their structure is going to come from the school day, there is going to be a disconnect for your child there. So you might want to rethink that. If you are used to a very traditional lifestyle and your children are suddenly thrust into a progressive school because you want to give them exposure to the arts, let´s say, there will be a real disconnect there. So you have to see who is the child, what kind of style of education do you think they will respond to, does the school fit your family, does it fit your overall needs, and those are some of the questions you can ask yourself when you are looking at types of private schools.

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Originally from New York, Sandy Eiges holds a master's degree in Social Work, and has worked in and around education her entire professional career. She has served as executive director for Save the Children's field office in Jerusalem, where she created and published a cultural diversity curriculum for grades 5-9. This curriculum was subsequently adopted by the Israel Ministry of Education. She also served on the executive board of UNICEF in Israel and created and ran after-school programs for latch-key children. She was, at one time, a charter school developer for a start-up Reggio-inspired K-8 school. Sandy was also the charter school developer for YouthBuild Charter School of California, a high school diploma program for out of school/out of work youth, located in Watts, East Los Angeles and El Monte; for which she also served as interim principal. She has a child who attended a Reggio-inspired preschool and who now attends a project-based elementary school. Inspired by her own quest for the right schools for her daughter, and her extensive research into schools in Los Angeles, Sandy started L.A. School Scout LLC. For the past six years she has helped families looking for the right fit in preschools, elementary schools, middle and high schools for their children.

When she’s not helping families find the school that’s right for them, she’s enjoying time at home with her relentlessly curious and brilliantly creative daughter, who is a constant inspiration for the hopes, dreams and ideas that drive her life. LA School Scout helps families make informed and thoughtful choices about the schools that will best suit them. Our mission is to promote, encourage and applaud children's enthusiasm for school and learning; take the mystery and anxiety out of the school finding process for parents; and provide families with comprehensive information on all of their educational choices.

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