“Which school is best for my child?” Parents often ask this question along with whether a private or public school is better. My parents chose to send me to a public school for the past 17 years of my education. Only recently did they look at the pros and cons of each type of school. Their final decision was to send me to a private boarding school. After experiencing only a few months of private school, I notice the differences with the curriculum, the environment, and the attitude of students about their education. Similar to a private school, public schools offer many extra curricular programs and other opportunities for students to move ahead.
Having been educated in a public school for 17 years, some may say I’m brought up differently from those who have gone to only private schools. Regarding what can be taught in public schools they can only teach subjects that the state allows. Certain topics not to be ...view middle of the document...
A private school has the right to accept or reject any student they want and they don’t need to explain their decision. Public school must accept all students. There are very few exceptions when it comes to rejecting students. Really bad behavior would be a reason why public school would not allow the student into the school. For new students both private and publics schools review transcripts before accepting them into the school.
When looking for the right school a parent questions the safety of their child. Both private and public schools must make the safety of each student a priority. During any fire drill or safety drill, it is important that each student is accounted for. In public schools there might be more of a risk because of the amount of students in the school. Private schools have a smaller population of students and all kids will be accounted for regardless.
An important aspect of schools that really catches the parent’s attention is the matriculation rate. How many people really go to college after graduating high school? The rate of public school student has changed between 62–67% in recent years. The drop out rate of students is a lot higher in public school too. Private school’s matriculation rate is on average in the 90–95% range. They are generally selective with their students. They will only accept who can do the work.
Lately with the economy bad, parents want to cut back on spending. So the cost of the school is another important aspect of choosing the right one. The good thing about public school is that they are not allowed to charge a tuition fee to anyone. Although this is true, public school does a lot of funding for organizations. Private school charges a tuition fee, charging for all parts of programs. Tuition is about $6,600 per student. Comparing public and private school by cost makes public school a win.
There are many things about public school that are better than a private school. As reviewed earlier, although the student might not always get one on one attention with a teacher, the curriculum is best. Offering an endless list of extracurricular activities and after–school clubs, it is a great opportunity to interact with a diverse group of students.