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Comparing The Benefits of Public Vs. Private Schools

Feb 20, 2019 by

So, has the time come for you to send your precious child off to a new school? Congratulations! Starting formal education (or even just transferring between institutions) is a big step for both of you. At this important juncture, you may be wondering which choice of school would be best for your (maybe not so) little one.

Of course, you have your own factors to consider, such as distance from home, tuition costs, availability of transport and many other. However, generally speaking, there are two main choices to pick from: a public school or a private school. By now you surely have some idea of how they work and what the possible downsides of each might be in your situation – the internet is full of guides like that. That is why we have put together a short and sweet one focusing on the main benefits of both sides. See what fits you better!

The Pros of Public Schools

Their dependence on taxpayers’ funding makes them more cost-effective on the whole – essentially, they are free, or require only minimal expense. They also tend to be much more convenient in terms of their geographical location, so children do not have to commute far from home, and it makes socializing with their peers much easier.

Entrance tests or admittance interviews are typically not required. This means you will experience way less stress about whether your child will make the cut or not. It also allows for a much more diverse student body environment, meaning that your child will have their pick of a wide range of new friends to make. It also makes for excellent practice at people skills, which they will most definitely need later on in life!

Governmental funding tends to translate into modern technology and equipment, as well as a wide range of resources in general (think physical and digital libraries). Moreover, public school teachers are highly qualified individuals: they usually must have at least a Bachelor’s Degree in addition to their state, provincial, or federal certification. To learn more about these requirements, click here to visit an informational site.

You can opt for a school that has a standard core curriculum (think STEM), or one that boasts a little more variation. Just like private schools, there are public ones that offer specialized courses or distinct programs for those with special needs, or the artistically gifted, or the scientifically and mathematically inclined young minds.

The Pros of Private Schools

You, as the parent, will be more involved in the school community and your child’s education. They also often offer high quality extracurricular activities such as sports, music, various clubs, cultural activities, community-oriented activities and so forth. Private schools are also much more open to innovations in their programs design and tend to steadily introduce positive changes on the institutional level, to keep up with the times.

They typically have small class sizes, which increases the amount of teacher attention allocated to each student. This in turn significantly boosts their academic achievements. Private schools tend to have far higher rates (many get the whole 100%) of students who successfully enroll in their first choice university.

Private schools are much more accommodating to faith and gender preferences, special needs, and offer a variety of programs such as international exchange, advanced placement, and international baccalaureate. Since they do not depend on taxpayers’ funding, they have much more freedom in their general governance and designing their curriculum. You can get more of an inside look into private school curricula and all other aspects of their functioning at this link: https://people.howstuffworks.com/private-schools4.htm

The teachers and staff frequently have advanced degrees, and smaller student population translates to far lower rates of bullying and other similar problems. Having fewer students also gives leadership opportunities and provides a comfortable social framework to those pupils who are shy, struggle with social anxiety, or are in any way different from the mainstream student body.

So, there you have it, parents, the most praised positive sides of both public and private schools, all in a snug little nutshell. Which of these would tip the scales over on your decision? Tell us in the comments section!

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