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Lil Community: My Daughter's School Is Combining Grades

This post was submitted by jennibeans5 in The Mommy Club group.

My daughter's currently in a Catholic preschool.  We had planned to send her there for kindergarten in September, but now I just don't know.  They are in a very difficult financial situation and just told that teachers they will not be returning this fall.  The plan to keep the school open which is grades Pre-K to grade 8 and combine K through 2 and 3 through 5. They plan to do this with 1 teacher and an aide for K through 2. I'm very concerned that she (my daughter) will be left behind and not get the attention that she needs.  The principal is trying to assure parents that what they are trying to do is similar to the Montessori program.  (The) problem is Montessori teachers are specially trained and in our school they will be winging it. While I'd hate to see a school close, I feel like I should get out now and start fresh at a new school.  The problem is most public and private schools had their registration in February and March.  Am I crazy or does this plan for combining grades actually seem like it would be beneficial?

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