If you have a child born in 2011 you are undoubtedly planning for September. It's a big milestone when your little person is ready to start school. As the parent you want to make sure that you are making the best possible choice to set your child up for success. We would strongly suggest that you tour a few schools. Tour your public school option and your independent school option and make decision that feels right for your family. As a mother myself I can honestly say that independent school was one of the best decisions I've made as parent. The result is a happy well educated, well adjusted child. It's just that easy.