The world is definitely changing and not always for the good. Public schools are now teaching many topics and allowing situations that parents may find objectionable. As a result, parents are looking at alternatives to their children’s education including homeschooling or placing them in a christian university in california. This is a huge decision to make and if you have been considering the private school route, you are probably weighing out all of the pros and cons of this option.
We hope this two part series helps you make the best decision for you and your family. In this article, we will outline the advantages and disadvantages of a private school and in Part 2, coming in the next couple weeks, we will describe how to successfully transition from a public to a private school.
Advantages of Private Schools
There are many advantages of private schools over public schools. Let’s take a look at some of the major advantages.
- Smaller Class Size: A smaller class size may allow for learning that could not take place in a public school setting. Dr. Caroline Robison wrote an article a few weeks back called “Does Class Size Really Matter?” that can give you a deeper insight into the advantages of a smaller class size.
- Religious Foundation: Most private schools are religious based schools. This can be a major advantage for parents who would like to see their student have a foundation in morals and Biblical principles and be able to have a strong conviction of right and wrong outside of school.
- Specific Curriculum: Private schools have the freedom to choose the best curriculum for their students as long as it meets their accreditation requirements. This means that common core and other public school curriculums mandated by the state do not have to be taught.
- Challenging Education: Many times children are not challenged in school. As a result, they become bored. Most private schools have a more challenging curriculum that can encourage students to strive for excellence.
- Unique After-School Programs: There may be clubs or organizations that may not be available or downright banned in public schools. For example, many private schools now have shooting clubs which are not allowed in public schools.
- Stricter Safety Policies: Most private schools have a stricter policy when it comes to discipline and topics like bullying. As a result, the children are less likely to be bullied or in a dangerous situation. In 2015, the Council for American Private Education wrote an article about a study conducted examining the crimes conducted in schools. The findings showed private schools were twice as safe as public schools.
Disadvantages of Private Schools
Even though there are many advantages to a private school education, there are some disadvantages or challenges that parents and students might face. Depending on the importance you place on the advantages, these disadvantages might be miniscule compared to the big picture or can be easily overcome.
- Cost: The biggest disadvantage seems to be the cost. Private schools obviously have a higher cost since they are not funded by taxpayer dollars. However, most parents are willing to pay tuition in order to receive the type of education they want for their children. Most private schools offer some time of financial aid for those that qualify and fundraising efforts to help lower the cost of tuition.
- Limited Resources for Special Education: Because of limited teachers and curriculum and no state funding, there are not usually programs available for special education students. As a result, a child with strong learning disabilities might have an extremely difficult time with the private school curriculum.
- Educational Gap: Many times there is a gap between private and public school education. This can be a challenge for someone transitioning into a private school as they might be slightly behind in a subject. However, with smaller class sizes, a private school teacher has more flexibility to give a student individualized attention to get them up to speed.
- Sports Programs: Most private schools tend to be smaller and may not have the resources for a full sports program. Some schools have an affiliation with the local public school for certain sports, but it might not be an option for all sports. In spite of this, some private schools offer cross country, mountain biking, rifle and pistol club, and the arts which include theatrics.
- School Credentialing: Some private schools are fully credentialed, while others may not be. As a result, colleges may not accept a specific class from the private school, but would accept the exact same class from a public school. So, if your student is planning to enroll in a four year university, this is something that needs to be looked into with the school.
As you can see, there are some amazing advantages to a private education. Most of the disadvantages are easily overcome, but they should be looked at and discussed with your student if considering this transition. We encourage you to look for Part 2 of this series in the coming weeks as we will address how to successfully transition to a private school.