Whether you are the parent that volunteers for every school activity or the one that sits back and lets your child take the lead, their education is important. Even if you do not get involved in making all the decisions for their education, one decision you need to determine is whether they should attend a private or public school. While one child may flourish in a private school environment, another child may do better in a public school environment. If you are in the process of deciding which school is best for your child, you need to weigh out the advantages of each. Here are a few to help you get started.
Private schools account for about 24% of the nation's schools, while enrolling only about 10% of the kids from PK to 12th grade. This means you are much less likely to find a wide variety of private schools than you would public schools. One of the biggest advantages of sending your child to a private school is the low student to teacher ratio. Typically, private school student to teacher ratios fall around 9:1 as opposed to public schools that average 17:1. With a smaller classroom environment, your child can get more personal attention when needed.
Another great advantage of sending your child to a private school is the decrease in bureaucracy. Because private schools do not operate under the same state regulations as public schools, there are a lot less guidelines and paperwork involved. This means that the teachers can focus more on the instruction and lesson plans than making sure they are following the state rules. This allows teachers to make more decisions about how they want to teach the students.
While it is common knowledge that public schools are generally bigger than private schools, this can be favorable for students. Because of the large amount of students attending the school, the school is then able to hold many more extra curricular activities than a smaller private school. Everything from talent shows to school fairs to lacrosse teams are available to participate in.
Another advantage of having your kid attend a public school is the diversity within the school. Because it is free, you are more likely to see a wide range of races, cultures, and income levels within the school. Being exposed to more diversity will help the child when they hit the real world and begin their careers. It also helps them to become more social and less prejudice towards others.