Family experiences are at the heart of school choice. Our blog will periodically spotlight stories from Ohio families who experience school choice programs firsthand.
Kieran is a 9th grader at St. Peter Chanel High School, which he attends using the EdChoice Scholarship. He writes of his appreciation of the scholarship for enabling him to receive a good education at a successful high school.
The EdChoice Scholarships have benefited my family greatly. They provided us with extra money to help for my tuition at St. Peter Chanel High School.
Without this scholarship I would not be able to attend this catholic school and would be forced to go to Maple Hts. High School. Just by going to the middle school I know that the Maple Hts. High School would not have been able to challenge me or give me enough work to the point where I completely understand the material. Also, since they are on academic probation it could lower the credibility of the education I am receiving at that institution therefore making colleges and jobs look at me as if I’m only better than the kids at a below average school.
At St. Peter Chanel High School I am being challenged and given a chance to learn a lot more than I would have in my public high school. Unlike Maple Heights, Chanel is a very small high school only consisting of a little less than 400 students in total. This is great because now the teachers have a better chance of actually understanding who their students are and being able to help us with some individual problems they may come across while learning. This also helps the students because we can form better relationships with our peers and even with the upper-classmen that attend our school. Our small population makes us all feel like one big family at St. Peter Chanel High School.
Another reason I enjoy being at St. Peter Chanel High School is because the work that they give me forces me too really to use my brain and think. In Maple Heights I never had to think as much as I have to now and that caused me to become a very lazy student.
Before I came to Chanel I could get an A in my honors classes just by doing the bare minimum of work and rarely having to actually think about anything as I’m doing it. At Chanel we have work almost every day which, even though sometimes can get annoying, really helps me to become less lazy and focus more on my work.
Overall the EdChoice Scholarship has really benefited me and my family and gave me the opportunity to receive a good education at a successful high school. I enjoy learning here and I can tell that I am already gaining knowledge and I still have a lot more to obtain.