What are the benefits of a private school?
As a parent, you would always want to get the best value for the investment you place for the education of your kids. We know that the quality of education your children receives will determine their future, so giving your children the best education is a top priority. An excellent quality of education is the best treasure you can pass on the future leaders of our society. Of course, every child is different and will learn in different ways. As a parent, the challenge is to find the right school system for your child to succeed. The main question to ask yourself when selecting a school is, what type of environment would make your children thrive. Numerous studies have shown that private schools overall, offer a more positive learning environment.
Here are just some examples, of the many ways in which private schools can offer you children a better education than public schools:
Smaller class sizes
The difference between the public and private class size, and student to teacher ratio is considerable. While in public schools, the average class size is 25 students, private schools have a strict and selective admissions process, that does not allow every student in. This allows private schools to provide smaller class sizes giving students the opportunity to join discussions, ask questions, and make sure they are confident in the learning and understanding of the class materials. Average class sizes for a private school can be as low as 10 to 12 students per class, enabling teachers to maintain a personalized relationship with their students. When the number of students in a class is small, the teacher can give enough time to accommodate questions and learning gaps among the students. One-on-one time with students has been proven to improve academic achievement. A smaller school population usually also leads to more social and leadership opportunities for students as well as increased supervision and less bullying issues.
More qualified teachers
Teachers in private schools have more accountability in improving the performance of their students. Prestigious private schools only hire highly qualified teachers with years of experience, graduate degrees or higher-level awards. Private schools thrive on their reputation and so strive to create the best possible learning environment. In line with this, teacher’s employment can be terminated if the school administration sees incompetence and disregard for the learner’s development.
Selective admission & diversity
The enrollment for private schools is very selective and the demands have been set a bit higher when compared to public schools. Private schools can also expel students. The high enrollment standards of private schools allow them to screen who they allow in, and to tailor their offerings to the type of children they want coming through their doors. Also, because parents are paying, students tend to come from a higher socio-economic class. Private schools find their diversity through a range of cultural backgrounds, especially schools that offer boarding options, attracting students from other regions, as well as international students.
Even though private schools can, in general, cost more than public schools, it is always very important to do the research on scholarship opportunities at schools near you. Many of them offer generous scholarship opportunities for outstanding students, that can be based on merit or need, and can apply for both domestic and international students, covering sometimes up to 100% of the schools’ tuition fees.
Private schools have a team of Academic Advisors at the students and parents’ disposal. Academic Advisors assist students with all the different areas of their academic life, including course selection, volunteer opportunities, choosing their majors, selecting suitable universities, and even preparing their university applications.
Personalized Learning Plans
Private schools have more academic freedom in designing their curriculum to fit their core principles, mission, and vision. Their curriculum is always supported by the facilities present in the school. At the high school level, many private schools will focus on preparing their students for University. Many private schools offer dual-credit programs with partner universities, Advance Placement courses, SAT preparation, International Baccalaureate programs, homework support and other after school tutoring options. They usually work with each individual student to create a tailored learning plan that will allow them to achieve their goals, and gain admissions into the university of their dreams.
While academics remain the priority for most private schools, many also place a strong focus on a well-rounded education and encourage participation in extracurricular activities like art, music, clubs, sports and competitions, and assist students in finding community service and volunteer opportunities. These activities balance academic and other practical skills.
Facilities and learning materials
Private schools often offer betters facilities and learning materials to their students. The funds supporting private schools are coming from the tuition fees paid by the students, donations, and private endowments. This allows for a faster implementation of improvements and projects.
Private schools offer an increased parental involvement in children’s education, at home and within the school community. They build a strong relationship with parents to help students achieve great success. They usually offer monthly communication between administration and parents or guardians to provide academic updates from their instructors and be able to work on a plan, if students need extra support. Parents have more interaction as stakeholders in private schools. They can talk to the school administration and teachers for any concerns or suggestions in improving the overall quality of the school.
Better school governance
Private schools have financial freedom and are not restricted in their curricula or program development, enabling them to develop better curricula that includes all students. They also may have less bureaucracy, allowing more innovation in program offering, more positive change at the institutional level and an increased parental influence on a child’s education progress and disciplinary measures.
Better test scores
Many private schools meet or exceed provincial education standards, and often score high when measuring academic achievements among all school types that take standarized tests and university entrance exams. This is highly attributed to the quality of education given to the students in terms of good facilities, and more teacher-student interaction and monitoring.
So, in summary, private schools offer many benefits over a public education. When you examine the top performing schools in your region it comes as no surprise that the top of the list is made up of mostly private schools. Although, this may come at the expense of higher costs upfront when compared with a public education, investing in your child’s future is of utmost importance. Furthermore, the potential for better academic performance can also lead to more scholarship opportunities when applying to universities, thereby, lowering the long-term costs associated with a private school education.
If you would like to learn more about how a private school can benefit your child please contact us today and we’ll give you the resources you need to make the right decision.