I’ve talked a bit about how I went from Christian private school to a public school. The transition wasn’t easy. But I want to dive a little more into the differences and how it affected me. Here is my back story, I went to Logos Academy, a small (maybe around <50 students) private school in Dallas. Most people don’t know this, but my dad is a pastor and has been ever since I was born. I attended Thomas Haley Elementary School for pre-k. After that, my parents decided to open up Logos Academy and a couple of the students at church also attended the school. My mom was the principal, my aunt was a supervisor and the teacher for older kids. My teacher, during my first couple years there was a lady that attended the church. The school stayed open until I was in 4th grade.
My overall experience was so much fun.
The curriculum used was called P.A.C.E.S. We had a separate booklet per subject. Most of the students were people we went to church with and saw every weekend. I remember going out to the fields in front of the school and attempting to catch dragonflies for a science project. It was a big deal when the school bought a bus and we were able to head to the rec center for P.E. The lunch options varied but there was a period of time where we had combos to choose from. The options were: burger with fries, pizza, or chicken tenders.
4th grade was my last year at Logos Academy, as it closed down. My parents enrolled me into ICA (Irving Christian Academy). I attended that school from 5th to 6th grade. It was a lot different than Logos. I didn’t know anyone, the lunch was quite bad, but I quickly made friends. I was a meanie though — I was mean to a couple of my teachers and a fellow student. Why was I so mean? Maybe I’ve never been great with change and how to process it. I don’t know.
Long story short, ICA closed down after my second year there.
Finally, I was enrolled in public school — Sam Houston Middle School. Jeez. Can you say cultural shock? Maybe I’m being a bit extra, but it was so different. I had never actually heard a bell ring. Being surrounded by so many different people was so weird. Making friends was never too difficult for me, but being so unaware of the terms people used (school related or not) was hard on me. I had no idea what GT or honor classes were, and it took me forever to realize that in High School you could take classes that counted towards college credit.
There was so much I didn’t know. My experience in public school is a whole other story though. What is the most memorable moment you’ve experienced at school?