For some of these parents, the choice is so boring that they have decided to take their children out of the school system and home school altogether, which is arguably easier when the house is not a cramped apartment. but a weekend home with spare bedrooms, home offices and lots of outdoor space.
Noria Morales, founder of The Wonder, a Manhattan family club, and her restaurateur husband recently decided not to invest a small fortune for their children’s private school, Lycée Français de New York, this fall.
Instead, they’ve moved into their weekend home on 176 rustic acres near Elizaville, New York, in the Hudson Valley, and plan to home-school their children, using some of the l money they saved on private school for a part-time private tutor to help them. outside.
“My kids are in second and fourth grade so there’s really nothing I can do to put them back academically,” Ms. Morales said. “It’s not like I have to teach them algebra. Here you are surrounded by trees and birds, and in my mind I can encourage curiosity.
But there are tradeoffs, even for the rich. In schools in the small towns of the Hamptons or the Hudson Valley, children tend to be cut off from the racial, economic and cultural diversity of the city’s schools, not to mention the museums and other cultural institutions that help complement. their education.
So it’s no surprise that some parents with immense resources are keeping their options open, as everyone waits to see what schools do in the fall.