Anyone proactively pick BUSD over private school?
I am trying to decide on Berkeley kindergarten for my 4 year old. I'm a single mom (widow), and I personally am more familiar with private schools, as that's what I had growing up (in a different area). I'm intimidated by public schools - the lottery, common core (?), bigger size classes - and I don't know if I'll be able to be an active PTAer given that I have a demanding job and have to keep house and parent on my own. (I've already missed open house, the parent teacher conference, and kinder info night due to work/travel... and it's only October!)
That said, the public schools in NW Berkeley have such rave reviews, and the private schools, while good, seem to be more of a mixed bag - less ethnically and economically diverse, reports of bullying not being effectively handled, etc. My daughter is very outgoing, mixed race, a strong self-advocate, not easily intimidated or offended, so I wonder if BUSD might be the way to go for her, despite my uncertainty and unfamiliarity.
Did anyone proactively opt against private school in favor of BUSD? Why or why not, and can you share your experience? Thanks in advance!