Education and Schools for Children in New York City
How did you find support to your children?
I've told myself, I'm not gonna be happy raising my family in New York City. It's very challenging because when you have a family you have to consider number one is school. That's the first thing you will have to consider school. Either I send my kids to private school where I was if I stayed there. So in private school, starting from Catholic school will be like around $12,000 a year or more. If I go like really a good private school, you're talking to me, like I'm sending my kid exactly where Tom Cruise is sending his daughter, which is an upper east side and you're looking around $40,000 - $60,000 a year.
I have a family member who actually lives in Manhattan and they send their kids to private school, but both of them are lawyers. But we're talking about a nurse's salary, I don't think it's financially smart to do that. So a lot of our colleagues than to go outside of Manhattan some of them they're called upstate in New York. Some of them go to Long Island, kind of east of Manhattan, also near a mill that's near Rommel is more livable.
So if you have family, and you don't belong to the rich class, I would say, you're not earning more than $400,000 a year. And it's might be a little challenge going staying in New York City to raise a family. That's one thing you have considered a school system.
New York school system, because it's a melting pot, here's a lot of government schooling there, public school, they're not the best, honestly, but they're okay. So that's why there's a lot of supplementary schools outside. I send my kid to Kumon also, supplement. If you're sending your child there in New York City, and you have a family and you're living on a nurse's paycheck, you want to consider public school and supplement also, like there's other religious class on the weekend and supplement them with like Kumon Math nation, some something like that, like after school program, you get them involved STEM activities. So then it might be better for you also.
I'm saying New York public school is not the best. You need to supplement it and you don't want to kill yourself working so much hard earning that $300,000 a year and you don't have time for your kids either. So it's a matter of you need to learn how to balance that part when you have family, a lot of people that I know, moved out, as I said, upstate Westchester, which is 30 minutes up north of Manhattan outside New York City, and there's also Staten Island, which is part of New York City, but you have to cross the bridge or cross with a boat or a ferry. And it's commutable also, and a lot of my family also live there in Staten Island. They have good school system there too.
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