Private VS. Public Schools

Some of the advantages that your Children should be receiving at their private school are a curriculum that really focuses on teaching basic skills and an atmosphere that demands respect for authority and self-discipline. Plus, considerable attention is usually focused on maintaining order. There are fewer discipline problems because private schools can be selective about whom they admit and are under no obligation to retain children who don’t stick to the rules. In general, children at private schools work harder than those at public schools and are less likely to drop out. However, like anything else that has advantages, there are also disadvantages to attending private schools.

Undeniably, there are good and bad private schools just as public schools vary in their excellence. It is unrealistic to make a broad general statement that private schools are better than public schools. In order to decide whether your children could receive the same education at a public school as at the school they are now attending, parents need to compare the two schools. Look at the curriculums and decide which one best meets your children’s needs. Compare the copyright dates on textbooks. While old math and English
textbooks can be good instructional tools, old history and geography books will not give your children a solid knowledge of recent events and boundary changes.Consider also such things as class size, achievement test scores, the teachers, and the emphasis on order and discipline.

There is one additional factor to think about. The private school is giving your children a upbringing that cannot be duplicated. Furthermore, they are having the chance to be with a group with similar values.

The Parent-Teacher Conference: Must-Ask Questions
In order to help your child have a successful school year, you need to know what is expected of her, academically, from now until June. You can find out by asking some questions. Take this list with you to your next parent-teacher conference.

– What skills and knowledge will my child be expected to master this year?

– What will my child learn this year in key subjects like math, science, history, and English? 
– Are there challenging academic standards in place at this school, and how do they compare with those at other school districts? May I see them?
– How do you inform students about the academic standards they’re expected to meet? What kind of projects and assignments have you planned that will help my child meet higher academic standards?
– How will my child be evaluated?

– How are grades determined in your classroom?
– What can I do to stay more involved in my child’s academic progress?
– What can I do at home to complement what is happening in the classroom?
– How can I know on a daily basis what homework has been assigned?
– How can I support teachers’ efforts in implementing higher academic standards?
– How do you accommodate differences in learning?
– What if my child is a slow learner and falls behind, or is a fast learner and is bored?
– Are summer school, tutoring, or other programs available for students who need more help?
– How are older students prepared for further learning after high school?
– Are children encouraged to think about a wide variety of career interests?
– Are all students encouraged to take algebra by the end of eighth grade?

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