Transition from Private School to Oakland Tech
My daughter is in 8th grade at an Oakland private school and we are now thinking about high school. Her current school does have a high school. She has received a wonderful private school education thus far but the costs of another four years at this school or any private school are a bit steep for us. If the past is any predictor of the future, we will not get much in the way of financial aid (maybe a couple thousand dollars). This money would be better utilized saving for spiraling college costs. She is zoned for Oakland Tech but I don't know much about the school. My husband and I will visit, she'll shadow, we'll look at review sites like GreatSchools but that does not tell the whole story about a school's culture, administration, and educational programs. I am also concerned with OUSD's future fiscal situation and what that means in the next four years in its ability to get good teachers and not cutting programs. Because most our friends have kids in private school we have been in sort of a bubble. I don't think any of her friends will be attending Tech so it would be restart on the friendship front. It's much larger than her current school and I don't want her to get lost. She is shy and slow to warm up around people but when given the opportunity is a leader. In terms of grades, she is an A student.
I would like to hear from parents who made the transition from private to public after 8 years of private. Particularly if your child attends or attended Oakland Tech. How was the transition for you and your child? What was the biggest hurdle for them/you? How can we help our child with this transition? Are there any other Oakland schools we should look at?
My husband and I both attended public schools in NYC where choosing a high school was a real choice depending on your interests, grades, etc. So no need say "you went to public school so you know what its like"... It's a different time and place and I don't want to confuse my experience with with hers. I am also not dissing Oakland schools. Just want some concrete perspectives from the parents that have traveled this path. Thanks in advance.