Private schools have much more freedom than public schools when it comes to the teachers they employ, the curriculum they choose, and the educational philosophy they espouse. This extra freedom and flexibility allow private schools to offer unique and challenging programs to students. However, it also means that every private school looks different. You will have to spend time researching the options to find the school that is the best fit for your child. There are several important questions you should ask of each private school you consider, including - What training are the teachers required to possess? How is the curriculum designed? What is the educational philosophy of the school?
What training are the teachers required to have?
The training requirements of teachers at private schools are determined by the individual programs. In contrast, public school teachers in California are all required to meet a set of standards set forth by the state. Since each private school can have its own training requirements, you need to ask about their expectations of the teachers. Ask what training teachers are required to have and how they are evaluated on their methods. Understanding what the school expects from the teachers will help you get an idea of the level of education your child will receive.
How is the curriculum designed?
Private schools have the freedom to choose their curriculum. In many situations, the curriculum that private schools use provides students with a challenging and effective education. But you should not simply assume that every private school out there provides a curriculum that meets your standards and expectations. Ask the schools you are considering the design of their curriculum to ensure that it is a design that will meet your child’s educational needs.
What is the educational philosophy of the school?
One of the main elements that attract people to private education is the freedom to operate from a specific educational philosophy. For example, you can choose a private school for your child that is designed around the Montessori philosophy of education. Private schools that follow the Montessori Method are designed and run much differently than a traditional classroom environment. When you ask about the educational philosophy of the schools you are considering it will help you understand the intention behind the way the program is designed.
You will have more than three questions to ask of the private schools you are considering for your child – you may even have an extensive list of questions. But the three mentioned above are a good place to start your search. The answers you receive will provide you with important insights into the ‘how’ ‘what’ and ‘why’ behind each program you consider.