Should You Consider Sending Your Child to Private School?
Sending your child to a private school is a big decision that you should make with your child’s input. That said, both private middle school and private high school can give your child a major advantage in their education as well as in life beyond school.
Students who go to private school typically have higher graduation rates and are more frequently accepted into college. Private school graduates are also more likely than their public school peers to have completed advanced or college level courses in three academic subjects.
Students who receive private education also tend to score higher on SAT scores, which can be crucial to college entrance. In fact, students in independent schools scored average of 541 in reading, 579 in math and 550 in writing, compared to national averages of 497, 514 and 489, respectively.
Private academies and schools have the benefit of smaller class size and enrollment. In fact, 86% of independent schools have less than 300 students. With smaller average class sizes, the teacher to student ratio is usually much more favorable than it is in public schools, and students receive more individualized attention.
The teachers and administrators who work in private occasion often report being happier with their jobs, and both teachers and principals rate their school climate more positively than their public school counterparts.
Private education can also help kids become more civic-minded individuals, since private high schools are four times more likely to have some kind of community service graduation requirement than public schools.
Independent schools also encourage extracurriculars, like sports and clubs, and may even require participation to graduate.
Private academies also have access to larger budgets and may develop programs to help students pursue a certain trade or interest, like theater, arts or science.
There are lots of benefits to sending your child to private school or preparatory academy, but make sure you talk to your child before you do. Every child is different, and they’ll be best served with different educational approaches.