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Private School vs. Public School

Published Nov 23, 2016 | Updated Feb 19, 2020

Figuring out what type of school you should send your children to can be very difficult for any parent. Check out our comparison to see which is the best fit for your family.

Choosing the type of school your child will attend can be overwhelming and is often one of the most challenging decisions parents will face in their journey of doing the best for their children. The most important thing to remember is that there is no one-size-fits-all answer. It's a decision that should be carefully weighed depending on what's available to you, the needs of your child, the needs of you, and of course financial considerations.

Benefits of public schools

According to a study from the National Center for Education Statistics, public school teachers have more qualifications

- Your child is exposed a more diverse population, generally speaking

- The curriculum is more varied

- Greater access to after-school activities

- Much more affordable

Benefits of private schools

Your child gets more individual attention due to smaller class sizes and a more favorable teacher-student ratio

- Less bureaucracy, giving more room for autonomy and creativity in the classroom

- More parent involvement

- Often specialize in certain extra-curricular activities, like particular sports, theatre, dance, etc.

- Better access to resources like books, supplies, and computers

- Curriculum is thought to be more challenging, and discipline is higher

Most schools offer open houses or parent information sessions multiple times throughout the year, some even do private tours of the grounds. Use this to your advantage and actually visit the schools you're considering for your child- you know them best!

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