Public School or Private School?

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Perhaps your child is not getting the quality of education you desire in a public school and you’re thinking about enrolling him in a private school. Perhaps your child is currently enrolled in private school and you’re thinking about cutting costs by sending him to a public school. You want to know what’s best for your child. This look at the positives and negatives of public school and private school will help you ask the right questions and make the decision that’s best for you and your child.

Cost. Private schools charge tuition. Taxpayers pay for public schools. If you’re looking at a private school, take a look at tuition, whether your child can receive financial assistance and whether you can afford the tuition over the long haul.

Teachers. Other than your influence, the single greatest determining factor as to whether your child receives a quality education depends on the quality of the teacher. Unless you choose a high-end private school, private schools pay teachers less money than their public school counterparts and require fewer credentials. Private schools can, however, get rid of bad teachers much more easily than public schools.

Students. Public school students consist of a cross-section of the community’s population and are usually more diverse economically and academically. Private schools consist of students whose parents are willing and able to pay tuition. A higher percentage of private school students come from families where education is highly valued.

Curriculum. GreatSchools.org points out that public schools must adhere to state-specified standards. Private schools have the freedom to deviate and innovate according to their own desires. This can either improve or decrease the quality of education at a private school, depending on the individual school. It’s important to look into a school’s success rate before signing up. Private schools can also provide religious-based instruction.

Extracurricular activities. Private schools may not offer the array of extracurricular activities that public schools can. When choosing a school, be sure it provides clubs and activities that suit your child.

Parental involvement. Regardless of whether your child attends a public or private school, you’re going to need to be involved. That involvement will vary depending on the child’s teacher and the child’s disposition.

Regardless of your choice, your involvement will go a long way in determining your child’s success.

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