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Readers' Choice: Favorite Private School

Where is the best private school in Madison and Chatham?

What area private school is your favorite?

This week, our Readers' Choice column asks Madison and Chatham residents to tell us which school gets their pick:

What makes your favorite school the best to you?

Tell us in the comments what makes it so special and be sure to write a review on the business's listing.

Voting in the poll below is open until Friday at 9 a.m. We will announce the winner Friday at noon.

The winner will be selected on a point system based on poll votes and directory ratings. If there is a tie, a winner will be determined by the amount of positive comments posted on this article and positive reviews received on its directory listing. For full contest rules, click on the PDF attached to this article.

llbxy March 19, 2012 at 01:33 PM
I don't get the point of this poll. If someone's made the decision to pay the extra money for private school, obviously the one they've chosen will be their "favorite" and also the only one they are likely to be familiar with. How many people have first hand experience with more than one of the schools listed? This poll should really be titled "Which private school does your child go to?"
ChathamMom March 19, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Kirby!
Brian Rutter March 19, 2012 at 02:42 PM
The question is so vague as to be meaningless. First of all, many parents in one private school may not know much about the others. Second, on what criteria are we making these judgements? Someone may choose school A because it has a great Lacrosse program, and their child is really into Lacrosse. Unless that is spelled out, it is not going to help parents who are looking for schools with great science programs, because their child is into science. Third, what constitutes a private school? I clicked on this article because I wanted to vote for Madison Montessori School, which I think helped my children tremendously, and Sprout House, many of whose graduates I became familiar with through my work in Scouting. (I may be dating myself. Are they both still operating?). The three schools listed are all of the kindergarten through middle school variety, whereas the two I liked are pre-K to early elementary. Fourth, there are no schools listed that are not within the borders of Madison and Chatham. However, some of the parents who opt for private schools choose schools that are located in neighboring towns. I think exploring educational alternatives, both those that replace and those that supplement the public schools, is a very valuable endeavor, and the sort of thing that Patch can do best. Let's just lose the sound-bite, TV news style.
my2cents March 19, 2012 at 07:41 PM
I agree, these Readers Choice postings are meaningless.
Madison Cyclist March 19, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Rainbow Montessori rulz
Mike August 06, 2013 at 05:33 PM
Granted, I am biased because I attended Montessori, but I think it is an excellent school. The numbers are there to prove it (SATs, HSPA, etc.). This is unrelated, but my fiance attended Stuart Country Day School in Princeton and received a fine education as well. Generally, I believe private schools are much better than public schools because their is more reliable resources for funding.

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