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Obama Girls Tour Pricey Private Schools

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Michelle Obama brought First Daughters Malia and Sasha to visit their top school choices today in preparation for their big move to Washington.

The Associated Press reports that a motorcade was parked outside of Chelsea Clinton's alma mater Sidwell Friends for 40 minutes earlier today. A similar motorcade was parked outside of Georgetown Day. No official statement was released from the Obamas or from either school. Momlogic broke down potential private school details including prices last week and our readers had plenty to say about whether or not the daughters should attend a public or private school. Below are some details ... 

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.
After the big school tour, mom Michelle, the girls and their grandmother Marian Robinson then got a sneak peek at their new rooms in the White House.

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4 comments so far | Post a comment now
mother of five angels November 18, 2008, 4:58 PM

I believe that any member of the federal or state government that makes decisions regarding our public school system should be required to send their children to their local public school. Maybe this would force our government to take a better look at our school system.
I do not like the Obama family and won’t be surprised if their daughters go to private school. For a family that is so for the people they sure do want to live above most of them.

mother November 18, 2008, 5:34 PM

I think the girls should attend a private school. It would be a safer place to them to get an education. Not only that but being at a public school could interrupt other students. The Obama’s have every right to do what’s best for their children. I’m sure if any of us walked a mile in their shoes we would do the same.

mary November 18, 2008, 8:18 PM

mother of five angels, as someone who works in a public school setting, and whose two children are getting a very good education in a public school setting, I disagree with you. The tone of your email is that public school is some sort of ‘punishment’ or something. Not all public schools are awful. And, I don’t think that other children should have to have their education disrupted for the security of the Obama girls—private schools are better equipped to deal with the security issues. I’d rather see them go private.

Mom of five angels November 18, 2008, 9:12 PM

My intention was not to imply that all public schools are of poor quality, Mary. You must be very blessed to be in a wonderful school district. What we do know and I think you’ll agree is public schools vary greatly throughout the US. Some districts are well funded while others struggle. I know that better than most being a military spouse who has resided all over the country.
Having elected officials children attend public school could only be a winning situation for our children. How better for officials to understand our needs. Just saying!

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