Choosing the right school for your child can be nerve-wracking. The first step, of course, is to decide whether you want to send them to a public or private school. While private schools have a reputation for being more academically-challenging, public schools are catching up. There are many advantages to each mode of education. This list will be focused on the advantages and disadvantages of education at private high schools and middle schools.
Many academy middle schools and high schools offer smaller class sizes, allowing teachers to give more students individualized attention. Students often feel more comfortable participating in class discussion in smaller groups, and it is easier for them to socialize with other students with small class sizes.
Teachers see more freedom in determining the curriculum of their class in private schools, as well. Private middle schools and high schools are largely unregulated, allowing teachers to design their own curriculum without spending time on tedious paperwork or worrying about standardized testing. The lack of bureaucracy puts creative control back in the teachers’ hands.
Private high schools often encourage parents’ participation in their child’s education. Whether they are volunteering for field trips, helping coach sports teams, or directing the school play, parents of private school students have more opportunities for participation than parents of public school children.
Of course, no school is without its drawbacks. The lack of state regulation means that many private schools are unequipped to properly educate students with special needs. If your child has special needs, be sure to ask about what steps the school is willing to take to make education more accessible for him or her.
Many parents also find that tuition is a strong barrier to sending their child to an otherwise-fitting facility. Fortunately, financial aid, scholarships, and payment plans are available to most parents of students who wish to attend private schools.