Every parent wants what is best for their child, but at times it can be a struggle to determine what exactly is the best choice, especially when it comes to schooling. Since it's no secret that the public school system offers services for "free" through your taxpayer dollars (and many public schools do a good job of preparing children for college and their future career), many have wondered about the perks of paying for a private school. Since there's the obvious addition of tuition costs associated with private schools, is it really worth paying above and beyond for education? Is there any advantage for children who receive an education at a private school, or do the facts show that it doesn't really matter in the end? Before you make the decision for your child, be sure to have all the facts about what sets public and private schools apart:
Proven History of Higher Achievement
Perhaps the most important thing that can be determined when it comes to your child's schooling is the level of achievement. Parents want their children to learn important things that will benefit them in the long-term. When it comes to rating public schools versus private schools in terms of achievement and highest scores, the National Assessment of Educational Progress has reported for decades that "students in private schools outperform students in public schools." With a proven history of higher achievement, private schools have set in stone a commitment to the most important aspect of a student's future.
As you might already know, the number of students in attendance at any given private school will be much lower than the sister public school down the street. This simple information is extremely important because it reveals an important point concerning the student to teacher ratio within any given school. In most classrooms (unless there is a significant reason to the contrary) there is only one teacher present-- but the number of youth in that classroom can greatly differ. Because of the smaller overall amount of kids in attendance at a private school, the student to teacher ratio is also smaller-- allowing a more personal touch from teachers and a greater help to students who need extra attention to understand the subject at hand.
Respect for Community
A somewhat unknown staple of private schools is a dedication to community service as a requirement. By instilling an importance for community service in attending students, your child will gain a respect and important look into not only their own personal world, but the larger neighborhood and city as a result.