As school administrators began releasing details over the summer about their respective fall plans, parents everywhere were met with a decision: follow the school’s plan or un-enroll and pursue another option.
In some cases, parents have shifted their focus to private education. As a result, some north suburban private schools have increased their enrollment for the 2020-21 year. Others have held steady student populations, and some have even seen an enrollment drop partially because their plan couldn’t cater to both in-person and virtual models, officials said.
While many area public schools shifted to fully or partially remote lessons, many private schools have maintained fully in-person classroom options.
“We’re in a really interesting moment of people thinking about value proposition,” said Lena Kushnir, head of at Solomon Schechter Day School of Metropolitan Chicago.