Given their training and experience in the medical field, parenthood wasn’t overly daunting for the Bullocks. But when it came time to choose a school close to their family’s home, they found themselves with big concerns but few answers. They voiced their fears to a close friend who recommended Christ Church Episcopal School. The Bullocks scheduled a tour.
Once they saw the school in person, they knew CCES was the right fit for their son—and for their family.
Concerns: Private School “Stereotypes” and Transition to the Classroom
But starting at a well-known private school came with its own set of concerns. Educated in public schools, the Bullocks had reservations about the stereotypes commonly associated with private school. They also worried about their son’s transition to the classroom. Even though their son was very bright and had even learned to read at just three years old, he would be the youngest entering his class, having turned five just three weeks before school started. They were understandably uneasy about his adjustment to the academic and social requirements of a classroom setting.
At the same time that Mrs. Bullock was burdened about her son’s transition, she was in a transition of her own. She had left her career to be a full-time stay-at-home mom; now she would be volunteering at the school and interacting with other parents. Would she fit in with this new environment or end up feeling like an outsider?
Thriving at Christ Church… as a Family
Once school started, all those concerns quickly disappeared. Their son Truman not only transitioned well, but he excelled. Truman’s Primer teacher, Grace Toler “was stern but loving,” and she was fabulous for him. “Grace sent emails or called me if she had any concerns. I was always aware of how [he] was doing in the classroom,” which is the standard Mrs. Bullock has come to love, expect, and rely on from CCES.
The Bullocks, who now have two children at CCES, say their son and daughter have “matured and thrived socially and academically,” primarily because “the teachers get to know the children very well and match them with a teacher for the next year to be a good fit.” And because Mrs. Bullock no longer works as a pediatric nurse practitioner, she considers “being a super volunteer” to be her job, saying that volunteering adds another layer to all the wonderful things offered at CCES.