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Old 06-01-2010, 12:41 AM
 
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I am trying to decide where to send my son for high school. I have narrowed it down to the following:

Creighton Prep
Gross Catholic
Westside

Here are my pros and cons:

Creighton Prep pros: close to my home, all my son's friends are going there, good academics, low tuition due to financial aid. Cons: elitist/exclusionary if you aren't an athlete or scholar, single-sex school

Gross Catholic pros: inclusive school, strong music/drama, good academics, co-ed. Cons: higher tuition than Prep, far away from my home, my son won't know anyone there

Westside pros: close to my home, free, strong music/drama, co-ed. Cons: Reputation for drugs, I'm not familiar with their academics


Here is what I'm asking...

Tell me about your FIRSTHAND experiences with these schools, students, teachers, etc. or about your child's experiences. I really want to hear about students from Creighton Prep who weren't geniuses or pro athletes, just regular kids. Also, I'd like to hear about Westside academics.
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Old 06-01-2010, 11:30 AM
 
Location: Bennington NE
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This link should have more than what is necessary for Westside Highschool (http://reportcard.nde.state.ne.us/Page/SummaryBackground.aspx?Level=sc&CountyID=28&Distri ctID=0066&SchoolID=001&DistrictName=WESTSIDE+COMMU NITY+SCHOOLS&SchoolName=WESTSIDE+HIGH+SCHOOL&KindO fSchool=HS&Unified=0&Operating=1&SpecialPurpose=Fa lse - broken link). They have really good academics.

It may be helpful to base your decision on the type of child you know your son to be. Academic success is probably going to be dependent not only on his abilities, but the teacher/student ratio and how accessible tutoring or after school help is (as well as your ability to make sure he completes his homework!). Also, choose a school where he'll have opportunities to get involved. I'm sure I don't have to tell you that a kid who gets involved in school is more likely to stay out of trouble. At Millard South, I was involved in at least 4 different music activities, the Speech team and didn't have time or desire to get into trouble, and it really helped gain confidence and make friends.
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