What to do when public school isn’t a good fit? It is a complicated question. What does “not a good fit” mean? For me, it meant that my daughter wasn’t thriving. She was getting good grades, but was working below her capabilities and developing bad study habits and other negative personal habits in school. For some, it means that their child is not getting good grades. Other children perform better academically in a more nurturing environment, or even a more independent environment. The answer is as unique as each child.
Everyone wants their child to enjoy school, get good grades, learn the information necessary for their goals in life, and do the best they can in school and in life. It is sometimes easy to tell if your child is doing well in school. They are enthusiastic about going to school (or at least don’t complain about it daily), they get As and Bs in school and need to study and complete their homework to get those grades.
When school is not working, sometimes it is easy to tell. There are the kids who act out, or hate going to school even when they’re young. Some kids have learning challenges that need to be identified and once they’re identified then they can get the right services. Sometimes the kid doesn’t do well academically even without a learning challenge.
Many parents work with the schools to identify techniques to help their children. Teachers can work with the kids differently when they become aware of issues and get a full picture from the parents.
Other people switch to a local private school. Each private school has its own philosophy of learning, which may or may not suit the child. When local schools, even private schools, aren’t working out, there are a number of high school level boarding schools that may be appropriate. A growing number of parents opt to homeschool.