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Choice Is Good


Dear Editor,

Recently, I had a conversation with a friend about school choice in our area. As any parent knows, conversations about local schools have become far more common than they were a few years ago. Rising property taxes supporting public schools with questionable results are topics that fuel the fire.

With my two children enrolled at Stella Maris School in Sag Harbor, I am more thrilled than ever with the choice that I made eight years ago. What we expected from Stella Maris was a solid education, a safe and spiritual environment and academic excellence. Stella Maris has delivered on all counts, exceeding our expectations with test scores among the top six percent in the nation. In a recent nationwide competition, my daughter scored among the top 50 children in mathematics among fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grade students.

However, recent upgrades to the school have surprised us. Our undefeated basketball team now plays on a new gym floor that was installed last summer. Our children learn foreign languages on a state-of-the-art iPod. Mac iBooks are provided for every student. All children (grades K-eight) learn to read and play music.

As a parent of [2] Stella Maris students, I am proud of what we receive for an annual tuition of $3500. I also wonder how $20,000 to $30,000 annually can be spent on each student at local public and competing private schools.

I encourage all parents to explore their options when it come to educating their children. I hope all parents will be as happy as I am with my choice of Stella Maris.

ELAINE HAYES
October 31, 2006

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