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Money Buys Opportunity
Angelina Elizabeth Darrisaw
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Being in a prep school has taught me a lot of lessons that many people of color don't learn until they enter the workforce or college. I've seen how money can buy opportunity and advantages.

My old public school, for example, had few computers, and I didn't learn how to do simple things on the computer like type. At my new school, though, students start using computers and educational computer programs as early as 2nd grade. By junior high, they're learning things about computer structure and how to build web sites.

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We've got classes, equipment and activities that most public schools consider a luxury. There are two large computer centers and computer clusters on almost every floor. We have science labs, art rooms, carpeted floors and spiral staircases. There are grand pianos, a handbell choir and a singing group with its own CD.

Small Classes Cost Big Bucks

We go on field trips often and have classes that most public schools don't have. Students have to take Latin and French as early as 4th grade and the high school offers many Advanced Placement classes.

And nothing can compare to having classes with only eight to 10 students per class. You have no choice but to participate, and you get lots of individual attention, so it's easier to understand things. The environment is more nurturing and makes students push more, participate more and understand more.

So where do all these great things come from? From the $20,000 a year tuition. Maybe money can't buy love, but it sure buys a great education.

(NYC-2002-09-11b)