The debate on private school vs. public is one that many families go through. If you are in the process of exploring educational options for your child, it is a good idea to take the time to explore the options thoroughly. Choosing private school over public school can provide your child with a smaller student to teacher ratio, allow you to choose a program that aligns with your educational philosophy, and help you find a program that offers the before and aftercare you need.
Provide your child with a smaller student to teacher ratio
The student to teacher ratio in a private school is typically smaller than what you will find in the public classroom. Private programs put a cap on the number of students they admit in order to keep class size at an optimal level. Smaller class sizes allow teachers to interact with students more frequently and on a deeper level. Your child will get more individualized attention and instruction in a classroom that is intentionally kept small.
Choose a program that aligns with your educational philosophy
Another reason to enroll your child in a private school is that it allows you to choose a program that aligns with your educational philosophy. Public schools do not have a lot of flexibility when it comes to choosing an educational philosophy. The standards of public education are set forth by the state, and each district is expected to provide the same type of education. Private programs, on the other hand, can be based on a wide range of educational philosophies. Private schools have the flexibility to choose an educational philosophy and design the program around that philosophy. You can explore private programs and choose one that aligns with your educational philosophy.
Get the before and aftercare you need
For working parents, before and aftercare is a major factor in dealing with whether your child goes to public or private school. Many careers simply do fit neatly into the seven or so hours that kids are in school. A big benefit of exploring private programs is the fact that you can find one that offers before and aftercare. Choosing a private school with before and aftercare allows your child to make a seamless transition between morning/afternoon care and school. It is also more convenient for you to have only one place where you drop off and pick up your child.
There are a number of valuable reasons to enroll your child in a private school instead of public school. You can continue exploring the option of a private school on the Fountainhead Montessori blog. When you are ready to see the difference that private schools can provide, schedule a time to observe a class.