Choosing Between a Private or Public School for Your Child
A private school is run by other entities besides the government. Such schools derive their funding fully or partially through student tuition, grant funding, and other such activities. Another name by which they are called is nonstate school.
We know that a private school may mean an expensive tuition, except when your child qualifies for a scholarship, but when it comes to our children, we always try to make the right decision no matter what the price.
As always, there are pros and cons to choosing either type of school. Many argue that, since private schools are more expensive, they are definitely better than state-funded schools. So you can get really confused when choosing your child’s preschool or elementary school.
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Each type has its benefits as well as weaknesses, but what matters is where the child will be able to perform well. You are the parent, and thus, the one who knows your child best, including where his personality, idiosyncrasies, and abilities can best be molded and enhanced.
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Go around and ask other parents but don’t just take their word for it. Don’t just consider one school. Do at least two for every type, private and public. Have a look around the school’s facilities and gauge from that whether it would be a safe place for you child. When the child you are trying to place has special needs, check if the school has the right facilities.
There are parents who consider private schools when enrolling a special child with learning disabilities like dyslexia. It could be because there are private schools which are really geared toward teaching children with special needs.
As for middle school, when the time comes, you may decide to transfer your child to another type of school. It is important to make an informed decision though when it gets to that, as with the decision of picking the right one now for your preschool age child.
Here are some factors which you can consider when deciding which type of school to pick.
The cost – We all know that private schools cost more because they are not funded by the state as are public schools.
Acceptance into program – Public schools cannot turn away students; they are required to accept all, but private schools retain the right to be more selective.
Teachers – The state requires all their teachers to be certified according to the requirements they set forth. So most of them are, with a few working toward it. But a private school may not require as much from their teachers. Certification is a way to ensure that teachers pass through all required training as set forth by the state.
The curriculum The public school curriculum cannot differ from what is set by the state. A private school can decide its own curriculum, and as such, may yield higher or lower standards for students.
Choosing the right school for your child is a personal decision. In the end, the person who matters most when making your pick is the child you are sending to school. Decide wisely.