In a recent survey over 90% of parents reported high satisfaction with private schools.
As a parent, you want to ensure the best educational environment for your children. How can you rationalize a private school over a public school?
Keep reading for five benefits that make private schools worth the cost!
Benefits of Private School: Academics
Private schools have high academic standards.
Private schools offer a wider curriculum. For gifted students that want to be challenged academically, they can enroll in AP and IB courses. It is not uncommon to find these courses in public schools, but private schools tend to have more.
AP, or advanced placement, classes offer a college-level curriculum with an end-of-the-year exam. If students achieve a high enough score on the exam they can gain college credit.
IB, or international baccalaureate, teach critical thinking skills and span a variety of subjects. Besides an exam, most IB courses need an essay of some kind as well as community involvement. The aptitude it takes to do well in these courses are can impress college recruiters. They prepare your children for challenges of life post-secondary school.
Private institutions aren’t funded by state or federal governments. Parents are asked to pay private school tuition for enrollment. Costs are a big concern for parents, so let’s talk about what the tuition covers.
Private schools have the freedom to create their curriculum, unlike public schools.
Public schools have budget cuts that can impact course availability and extracurricular opportunities. Private schools charge students certain tuition to offset the expenses of their programs. They offer a holistic education with a niche of interests that appeals to every student.
Sports, fine arts, community-based, and tech programs are just some of those interests. There are even institutions that focus on certain faiths or religions.
Private schools cater to smaller populations than public schools. This means lower teacher/student ratios.
In public schools, it’s easy for students to become lost in a sea of their peers. At a private institution, the teachers have more time to offer to each student. This makes receiving extra help in and outside of the classroom is much easier.
Private schools have greater resources for individualized education programs or IEPs. IEPs are intended for children that struggle with learning disabilities.
Since children are attending these schools at the expense of their parents, they are likely to be more dedicated to their education. With this increased focus, there’s less chance of classroom distractions.
Additionally, private schools are seen as safer alternatives to public schools. They have lower instances of physical violence, alcohol, and drug abuse.
The fifth and final benefit of private schools is the tight-knit community they offer. Creating the best educational environment for your children requires collaboration. Private schools encourage open communication between the administrators, parents, and students.
Choosing the Right School
Private schools offer a heavy academic focus. They have plenty of extracurricular activities and experiences that will boost college applications. You can start by researching what private institutions are available in your area. The right school is the one that matches the needs of your child.
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