It’s an age-old debate: do I send my kids to private school or go the public route? All parents face this difficult decision when their kids approach grammar school age. Of course, you know where we stand.
If you’re no stranger to the familiar headache that comes around when it’s time to choose where your child will attend school each year – then this post may offer some relief for you. Keep reading for a list of reasons that support why we believe a private school education is beneficial to children.
Teacher to Student Ratio
When compared to public schools, private schools have a considerably smaller student to teacher ratio. According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) the ratio of students to teacher in public schools averages at 16:1 and only 12.2 in private schools. This statistic can make all the difference for a child’s learning experience, especially for hands on learners. When class sizes are smaller, students who require extra attention or hands-on learning receive the time they need from their teacher. A smaller student to teacher ratio also means a private school teacher has a better chance of monitoring the class properly, making sure all students are on task and, more importantly, no inappropriate behavior goes under the radar.
Children that have a special interest, such as in fine arts, can thrive in a private school. Public schools are supervised by the state and have stricter curriculum requirements that encourage a larger focus on core classes. Classes such as art, music, etc. don’t land on the top priority list in a public-school system. Private schools have more freedom to offer a wide variety of curriculum, including extracurricular activities. For this reason, private schools are especially beneficial for high-school students preparing for college and ultimately their future careers.
When evaluating high school graduates’ test scores, private school students receive higher grades. Private school students score 3.1 points higher on the ACT, which is one of the top test scores considered when universities pick who they admit to their school. These same results ring true for math and reading tests at private schools, with students at private schools receiving up to 18 points higher scores than at public schools.
The bottom line is, there are numerous benefits to back up the decision to give your child a private school education. We would love to show you around our campus here at William & Reed Academy – schedule a tour with us today!