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The First Lady-elect is scouting out private schools where 10-year-old Malia and seven-year-old Sasha may attend. This morning she toured the White House with her husband and President and Mrs. Bush. Here are the potential pre-K thru 12 schools that the fifth grader and second grader could attend, according to the Washington Post.

Sidwell Friends School
  • The Quaker School is where Chelsea Clinton attended while her father President Bill Clinton was in office.
  • It has a 15-acre campus and close 1100 kids are enrolled for the 2008-2009 school year.
  • It's philosophy reads " Sidwell Friends School is an educational community inspired by the values of the Religious Society of Friends and guided by the Quaker belief in 'That of God' in each person. We seek academically talented students of diverse cultural, racial, religious and economic backgrounds."
  • Tutions are $28,442 (pre-k to 4th grade) and $29,442 (grades 5 - 12).
Georgetown Day School:
  • This school is located on two separate five acre campuses.
  • Its mission statement is "Georgetown Day School honors the integrity and worth of each individual within a diverse school community. GDS is dedicated to providing a supportive educational atmosphere in which teachers challenge the intellectual, creative, and physical abilities of our students and foster strength of character and concern for others."
  • Tuition is $27,445 for grades 1 - 5.
Maret School:
  • Its mission statement reads "Maret School galvanizes the intellectual, analytical, creative, and physical capabilities of our students and equips them to excel in future academic endeavors. We join with our parents to instill in each student the self-reliance and moral awareness to develop healthy personal relationships, work through challenges, and enjoy life. In a community that embraces different cultures, interests, perspectives, and talents, we prepare our students to become responsible, thoughtful, and well-informed adults who are able to play an active role in improving the world."
  • The cost is $24,695 for K - 4 and $26,780 for grades 5-8.
  • Is average class size is 12 - 14 students and they have a 6:1 student teacher ratio.


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truestar November 11, 2008, 10:59 AM

judy and the rest…..your all just jealous!!! So sorry you cant reach the level of intelligence and you never will with your horrible attitudes!!

Maureen November 11, 2008, 11:12 AM

Hey, your all missing the most important point off all. Don’t blame the Obamas for their newly appointed postions, they like any parent want the best for their kids. BUT the point is, I lay blame with the Washington DC based eduacation system for allowing these schools to charge for the rates that they do despite being a private school. You have to ask yourselves weather its the best or not, why does this private wealth of an education system get away with charging more tuition that that of a freshman at a state or private college for that matter? These kids are going to grade schools folks,its absolutly ridiculous that that these DC schools are charging college tuition pricing. This is what should make you all upset! I live in one of the wealthiest states on the East Coast and none of of our private grade schools tuition even comes close to the amount of what these 3 schools are charging. Blame the education system in D.C. and blame us for allowing it to happen with our tax dollars.

c.russell November 11, 2008, 11:16 AM

I am not sure what everyone is getting upset about because based off of the new Socialistic President, he will be spreading the wealth. No one will need to go to public schools since he is going to have the wealthy including himself and his socialistic wife paying for the underprivileged. In fact not sure if public schools will exist in the near future.

G. Fritz November 11, 2008, 12:11 PM

I have to make the point that the Obamas,like any other parent, want the best for their children. If they feel that a private school fulfills that need, then that is their choice. However, I must say taht the cost of their choices would far exceed that what a middle class family could pay. Do they realize that most of America does not have this choice? They too want the best for their children. As a public school teacher, I would encourage them to put their efforts into making the DC public schools places they would want to send their daughters, as well as all public schools in the nation so that everyone can have an EQUAL FREE and APPROPRIATE EDUCATION!

Anonymous November 11, 2008, 12:48 PM

and I have the right to do what I want with my own money and it isn’t to “spread the wealth” around. I feel that his kids should go to a public school, but of course none of the WEALTHY ELITE, which is what the Obamas are, would never stoop to let their kids go to a public school. What is good for the goose is not good for the gander. Of course security the main reason they go to private school. the riff raff won’t be hanging around there and security will be better as far as teh kids are concerned

J November 11, 2008, 12:57 PM

No, the schools are not good enough and are not safe enough for the girls. I am not wealthy or prominent but I seek the best education that I can provide for my children. I would not allow political pressures to prevent my children from a decent education. The Obama’s can well afford a good education for their daughters. Hopefully they will not allow people like you to cause them to send their girls to the awful schools in DC

Melissa November 11, 2008, 12:58 PM

Oh yeah, Lynn… compare Palin’s 150,000 wardrobe (that was only for the short time she was campaigning), to spending 50k a YEAR, for 2 children’s education and safety.

That’s all it comes down to, 2 children (who are more likely than any other child in this country to have some psycho come after them, if they aren’t properly protected) safety. And their parent’s using their wealth to give them the best education they can.


And don’t even get me started on the suggestion of home schooling.

While I know some public schools are very good, most don’t compare to private. It’s not an easy thing to find a quality public school. While some have good ratings their quality of education sucks. My high school got high ratings because almost everyone who went there had money, and almost all of my classmates had a private tutor for every subject. And many students who did badly had staff members “suggest” that they drop out and get a GED. That high school is considered one of the best public schools in the country, simply because people see the grades that imply that there’s a good quality of education.

Angelika November 11, 2008, 1:01 PM

Kris and Kelley, you said it best! I am a mother who worked hard (2 sometimes 3 jobs) to afford the best things for my kids. Now I am at a point where I have daughter who just graduated at the top of her class with a BS degree in Health and Human Collaborative Studies, 1 son in college majoring in Construction and the youngest is just starting in January. I am now remarried and was fortunate enough to marry a wonderful man whom is financially set and it is really crazy how people who don’t work or refuse to try to better themselves or their situations always feel as if the world and people who worked hard for their money owes them something. So what our new President Elect decides to do regarding where his daughters will go is his business. Normall Private schools are better equipped to deal with the security logistics better than a public school. Not to mention DC has a huge crime problem and it most likely would be next to impossible for the girls to be in a public school.

Carole November 11, 2008, 1:46 PM

Just wait until Obama’s tax plan for the “wealthy” Americans goes into effect…think he can afford that tuition after his taxes are raised?

TJ November 11, 2008, 2:04 PM

Wow. This is an astoundingly disrespectful thread of commentary back and forth among mothers. This is amazingly caustic conversation between women on an issue about SOMEONE ELSE’S kids where at most there should be some polite disagreement. If this is what happens on such a small issue, it’s no wonder that women like Clinton and Palin were probably doomed with an audience like this even before they got their necks out.

Regarding all of this commentary, it seems that everyone is painting public schools, private schools, students, parents, educators, unions, and politicians with a very broad brush.

Even the best of schools can probably stand to improve somewhere in something, and there are many schools out there that are not well-funded.

While attending a good school may help a child become successful in his/her secondary education, it is no guarantee. High-performing people come from lousy schools and failures come from great schools. Other factors such as good parenting, genetics, after school programs, parental accomplishments, and the child’s own desire to succeed all play important roles.

Finally…don’t we all have better things to do (myself included) than write commentary on such a small issue? There are people out there who are going to be starving this holiday season. Please go check your pantry and see if you can donate something to your local food bank. They need you this season.

Thank you.

Marilyn November 11, 2008, 3:38 PM

Attention Judy and Others:

The Presidential election for 2008 is OVER! Can’t you accept the fact that Barack Obama is the President-elect for the United States of America? STOP grabbing at straws to pick him with! The Obama children attend private school NOW, and why should this change because he is President? It should be enforced even more for their safety and the safety of their classmates and teachers. - Marilyn

To TJ... November 11, 2008, 4:16 PM

Well Said!!! And thank you :O)

Anonymous November 11, 2008, 4:54 PM

I am not sure the Quaker church would agree with his liberal politics. But hey money is money.

Mrs. R. November 11, 2008, 5:09 PM

I taught in DC public schools for 4 years. It’s in NO way shape or form a place for the first daughters to go - regardless of color, background, or political background of their father.

Love how people expect the First Daughters to attend really terrible, dangerous schools just to prove a point that since they are black, they aren’t elite.

There is NO middle class in DC. It’s either upper middle/upper in NW DC or it’s LOWER/POVERTY class in the other 3 areas.
There is no middle ground, and no school that would be appropriate for those girls.

They need a school that will be able to handle having secret service everywhere, and have parents who are understanding of the situation and be pleasant to the girls and the parents. NOT TO MENTION that the academic standards in the DC public schools are AWFUL! And I TAUGHT there! There’s NO funding and there is no accountability!

Frankly, if those girls went to a public school, they’re academics would suffer, the other kids would be cruel to them because their parents are well-educated and well-off, and there would be a seriously dangerous risk of something bad happening to them. Gangs are EVERYWHERE in DC, particularly in the junior high school, where the older daughter would be in just 1 year.

EV November 11, 2008, 8:08 PM

I THINK WITH THE EXTRA SECURITY THE GIRLS WILL NEED IT MAKES SENSE TO GO TO A SCHOOL THAT IS PRIVATE, I WENT TO PUBLIC AND SO DID MY KIDS, BUT I THINK IN THIS CASE IT MAKES SENSE TO GO PRIVATE. GIVE THEM A BREAK, THEY JUST WANT TO DO WHATS BEST AND SAFEST FOR THEIR KIDS, AND THEY HAVE TO LIVE A VERY PUBLIC LIFE ANYWAY. RELAX AND LETS WISH THEM WELL.

michele November 11, 2008, 8:15 PM

Somehow, I thought the taxpayers paid the salary for the president.Am I wrong?So would the taxpayers be paying for the tuition for the private school for the daughters of the president?Can’t the president fix the problems with the public schools in D.C.?Oh,that rest with the tax payers of Washington D.C.I guess the president can’t fix that.My bad.

vicki November 11, 2008, 8:38 PM

It is of no ones concern where they go to school. The most important aspect is their safety first and a private school would be able to accommodate that better. Their father is going to be the President of the US and they deserve all the “perks” as all the other children of presidents have had. So people, get over it and rejoice that Bush will be gone!!!!!!

Anonymous November 11, 2008, 8:43 PM

McCain’t fans get over it! As parents they are free to choose whatever education they desire and can afford for their children. Security is a huge issue for them, thanks to all the ignorant racists out there. What do you care? Did you think the choices you made for your children was the business of everyone in the country?

Rose November 11, 2008, 9:25 PM

I don’t understand why so many people are against the right to choose in this situation. How many TEACHERS send their own children to private schools while they teach in public schools? Does that mean they are voting against the very system that puts food on their tables each night? President Elect Obama is going to make some mistakes…he’s human and that is expected. But we should not keep him under a microscope. Why not complain about AIG getting billions of dollars in government bail-outs and then they turn around and use some of that money to go on expensive retreats? Which issue affects “Joe the private citizen” more?

lula November 11, 2008, 9:49 PM

I agree that the Obamas have a right to send their children to a school of their own choosing. The children of the other presidents attended private schools, so why is there a big deal about the president-elect’s children attending a private school? Education is important and parents want a safe, nurturing and positive learning environment for their children.


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