If you were asked whether you would prefer that your child attend public or private schools, you could probably respond pretty quickly and certainly – one way or the other. No matter where you fall on the debate, there are some things you might not have considered.
Private schools can be expensive. With tuitions ranging from $8,000 to $16,000 per year, you might wonder what exactly is so awesome about a private school that it is worth all that money. It totally is! But why? Here are the three major reasons that private schools are worth the money.
You can pay up now or later – but now is probably better for students
When you’re getting ready to send your little one off to begin their academic career, don’t just think about how their first year will go; make a rough-draft of their entire education. If you decide that college is in the future, then private schools are an attractive option for you. Here’s why.
If your child is educated in a private school, chances are greater that they will earn scholarships. That means that the money that you put into your child’s education from the beginning can save you money toward the end.
Private schools are independent
The reason that private school students tend to earn more scholarships than public schools is their independence to offer a traditional curriculum, focusing on reasoning, language, and mathematics. This has been shown in studies such as On the Public-Private School Achievement Debate that private school students consistently outperform public school students on standardized tests.
Another cool thing about the independence of private schools is that they have the freedom to specialize in – well, whatever they want to specialize in. So, whatever your child is interested in (or whatever you want for them to learn), you can find a private school to cater to your desires.
If faith is a concern for you, and you would like to have your child educated in a way that honors your faith, these kinds of private schools are available, and typically at prices lower than secular private schools, too.
One of the best, most totally-worth-the-money features of private schools is their class environment. In private schools, it is not unusual to find class sizes of 18 or fewer students (it’s not unusual for public schools to house around 30 students in a class).
This smaller class size allows your student to quickly get help when they need it; it also keeps your child from getting lost in the crowd.
Another awesome aspect to the environment of the private school is the admissions program.
In order to join a private school, your student has to go through a series of steps to be admitted. That means that once your child has made it through, and is sitting there on the first day, they aren’t surrounded by students who are there just because they legally have to be – they want to be there, or their parents want them to be, at least.
That’s huge. That means that there won’t be a ton of behavior problems and distractions in class, so that students can focus on learning and becoming the best version of themselves.
So, yes, there can be a healthy price tag attached to a private education, but consider what your money is really purchasing and if your student would benefit from smaller class sizes, a school independent to do what is best for your student, and how nice it will feel when they are awarded scholarships.