Every year, parents make a decision to send their kids to public school, or to apply for private school. Here are nine reasons why you should strongly consider sending your kids to private school.
1. Smaller class sizes
In public schools, it can be common for one teacher to teach twenty-five or more students in a class. With a teacher's time divided among so many students, public school does not offer as much individual attention for each student. Class sizes are typically smaller in private schools, meaning students can receive more personal attention from teachers.
At Brightmont Academy, we instruct using a one-to-one model. This means one teacher for every student. This way, your child will get the optimal amount of attention and guidance from their instructor. With one-to-one instruction, your child is not an anonymous student in a large class. They will be the sole focus of the teacher during class.
2. Dedicated teachers
Private school teachers are typically extremely very dedicated and well qualified. While both public and private school teachers hold advanced degrees in their field, in an environment with smaller class sizes, private school teachers can focus their talents to help individual students succeed. In a study of private school parents, 91 percent reported that having dedicated teachers was the number one reason they sent their students to private school. Parents value dedicated teachers because they want their children to receive the best possible education from their school. With access to proper curriculum and an environment to support all learning styles, highly devoted teachers provide greater opportunities to help students succeed. Private school teachers can be the catalyst to an optimal education for your child.
Safety is another top priority for most parents when it comes to schools. This is especially true considering the rise of cyber bullying and the many types of criminal behavior that can occur on school grounds. Private schools are more than twice as safe as public schools. Increased safety at private schools is largely a result of more security and a lower teacher-student ratio.
When there are more adults on campus relative to the number of students, it is easier for the student body to be supervised. Suspicious behavior can be reported more quickly, incidents can be responder to faster, and there are more adults ready to step in to decelerate any tensions that may be building. Private schools can provide the safe environment you value for your child.
4. Parental involvement
Many private schools make a strong effort to involve parents, and some require parent participation. These relationships between the school and the family allow parents an enhanced opportunity to understand the full education experience. On the contrary, public schools may provide as few as one or two parent-teacher conferences per year.
In private schools, parents and teachers can meet and communicate much more frequently. It is also common for private schools to host family events. If you want to be more involved in your child's schooling, then private schools often offer many opportunities.
5. Community feel
Many private schools make a dedicated effort to create a community environment. When school feels more like a community, students can feel safer, more comfortable, and more passionate about learning. Public schools offer a broader array of activities, but these may be less accessible because of the quantity of students competing to participate or students may hesitate to join an activity when they are unfamiliar with the other students. Some schools struggle to create ways for students to come together in non-academic settings and build meaningful bonds with peers and staff.
Private schools are mission driven, and often offer school components that prioritize a particular field of study or community. When these offerings match the family's values, the benefits of the academic program are multiplied. Other students need a particular type of instruction and can search for a private school with that specific focus. Schools that are able to address a specific need of the student or their family are invaluable.
Because private schools usually charge tuition and may also have endowments, there may be more resources available to improve the student experience. This can include everything from state of the art learning tools and technology to teachers with specialized depth of knowledge.
Having ample resources doesn't just apply to financial resources; the strong community support, active involvement of parents and staff, and a united value system also contribute to the overall quality of a school and are factors to consider when determining the right fit for your child.
7. Extremely high graduation rates
The graduation rate for private high school students across America is just under 100 percent. Comparatively, the graduation rate is just 80 percent for public high school students in the nation. Your child will have a significant advantage of graduating from high school if they attend a private school, and will be surrounded by peers who also aspire to graduate.
8. Networking opportunities
Many private school students go on to become quite accomplished in their field, and stay loyal and connected to their school. If your child attends a private school, he or she will become a part of the alumni network for this school, which can potentially lead to career opportunities down the line.
9. Expectation of Success
Many private schools represent the highest quality education options that are available. The mission of the private school attracts students with similar interests, talents, and aspirations. Each student starts the school year with well-defined goals for academic achievement. An investment in private education enables the family to prioritize their child's development and customize their education experience to be successful.
Private schools create an environment where your child can develop intellectually, emotionally and socially. Parents who value small class sizes, increased safety, a connected community and dedicated teachers find that private schools are a good fit for their child and provide an optimal education experience.
To set your child up for academic success, consider enrolling in private school. Brightmont Academy offers a quality private school education with one-to-one instruction customized for every student.
Send a message to a Brightmont Academy campus director or call us at (888) 521-0887. We are happy to answer your questions, and we look forward to speaking with you. To learn more about our accredited private school, schedule a visit for a campus tour.