Sunday, December 16, 2007

The Harrow School

One of the big decisions we have to make about China is where Julie and Z will go to school. Now, as with all of the major logistical details, we have been thinking about this for some time, for years in fact. Back in the spring, when it was time to make the call about whether to apply for a Fulbright, Desi and I did some preliminary research on schooling options. This is made all the easier by the fact that the award covers Julie and Z's tuition.

So what are the main options?

There is the home school option. The upside here is that Desi, Julie, and Z will have great flexibility on a day-to-day basis. This would allow for lots of local exploration and trips around the country and the surrounding world. The obvious downside is that Julie and Z would not be sitting in class and making friends with kids from far flung places.

Which leads us to option two, attending an international school. Thanks to our initial poking around, we have some idea of the lay of the land, at least in Beijing. Our current favorite? We get the biggest kick out of the Harrow School. This is a British school that dates back to 1572 and opened up a Beijing affiliate a couple of years back. It's probably a great school, but the main draw for us? The straw hats!

And then there is option three, attending Beijing Middle School #1 (i.e., the local neighborhood school). Just think, Julie and Z could be CSOL (Chinese as a second language) students! This is the thought that fills my mind during my more devious moments. Heh heh...

~Steve

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