Private and independent schools account for about 24% of schools in the country, and about 10% of all children from preschool to 12th grade are enrolled in private schools.
Though not everyone will take advantage of top private middle schools and private high schools, those that do will have several advantages working in their favor.
Success in College
Students who receive private education usually have higher graduation rates and are more frequently accepted into colleges than their public school counterparts. Students who attend private schools are also more likely than public school students to finish a Bachelor’s or other advanced degree by the time they hit their mid-20s.
Many private education administrators tailor programs and curriculum to prepare students for a chosen career path. This is especially useful for students going into the arts, since many schools in the private sector develop elaborate programs for students interested in drama or fine arts to hone their skills. Other schools may focus on science or engineering, but either way, students with talent in a particular area will be more nurtured by private education programs.
Teachers in private education settings are more likely than their counterparts in public school to report satisfaction with teaching at their school. When teachers are more satisfied with their situation, that often trickles down to benefit the students as well.
Better Class Sizes
Private high schools and middle schools typically have smaller enrollment and smaller average class sizes as well as lower student to teacher ratios, allowing students to get more individualized attention from their teachers.
Private school students are more likely than public school students to have completed advanced courses in three subject areas upon graduation. They also score significantly higher on the SATs. In a year when Average National SAT scores were 497 in reading, 514 in math, and 489 in writing, private school students scored averages of 541, 579, and 550.