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My experience in Catholic school was a good one , and I would like to send my kids to Catholic school. There are what I like to call "Catholic public schools," by which I mean a school that calls itself Catholic, but is really quite secular in most ways other than the uniform. You definitely have to do a bit of research to determine which type a particular school is. I think that even just the access to sacraments is so good for kids that that alone is worth it. I had Mass twice a week, holy hour once a week, prayers before each class, etc. You can't replace that with anything.
A lot of people who "can't afford" Catholic school just don't think they can afford it. You can rework your budget. Plus, many Catholic schools offer discounted rates to subsequent siblings, offer scholarships, and offer tuition assistance. I know a lot of families who aren't wealthy by any stretch of the imagination, and sent their many children to Catholic school. If it's a priority, you can make it happen.I would also consider homeschooling, but wouldn't want to homeschool past elementary. I wouldn't want to hold my kids back in curriculum, and I'm just not qualified to teach higher math and science, or foreign language. So perhaps I'd do homeschool for the first several years, and then send them to Catholic school.