Teacher unrest and contract negotiations have led to the likelihood of no extra curricular activities when the kids return to school. Could it get worse before it gets better? Absolutely. This has kept us very busy as of late fielding questions from concerned parents about private vs. public education.
There are many factors to consider when making the transition from public to private school. The greatest benefit that private schools can offer to parents today is choice - choice of school culture, environment, curriculum and cohorts. When parents make the switch they are generally looking for a higher quality of education, devoted teachers and elements of social and emotional development that include increased self esteem and consistent encouragement. Parents look for schools where teachers are engaged with their students academic, social and emotional development inside and outside of the classroom - before and after school hours.
What was interesting to us was the increased number of phone calls we received about students in high school looking to transition into the private system now. These parents spoke very highly of the public system and their children were quite successful in it - but now that university and college are on the horizon - they are looking for something to help their children ‘stand out from the pack’. This is not easy to accomplish when virtually all clubs and teams may cease to exist this fall. Many private schools offer AP (advanced placement) programs where students can earn university credits prior to attending post secondary while still in high school, Duke of Edinburgh and IB (International Baccalaureate) programs that are accessible despite your address. Contact us if you want more information about what these programs are and how to access them for your child.
So what then is the advantage to staying in public school? As a public school teacher, I can assure you there are many. And, if you have children in the public system you already weighed the pros and cons and came up with your decision for public education. But, if you are on the fence, consider this: your child will develop compassion, empathy and a tolerance for others when sitting in a classroom with 25-30 other children who are all learning together. There is of course the cost factor - it’s free.
Something else to consider is that a private school can pick and choose who attends their school - your child may not fit into their school culture, or the one they are trying to create.
The long and the short of it is - Do your research! Visit schools. Ask the right questions and decide what you are looking for in your child’s whole educational portfolio. Is private school better? Not always. Is public school worse? Not really. Can you base this decision on vague criteria that generalizes the experience of education - definitely not. As parents what do you think - do you get what you pay for in regards to education - or should you avoid looking a gift horse in the mouth?
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