When parents must decide where they are going to send their children to school there is an important distinction they must pay attention to. This distinction involves the difference between a public school and a private school. While some believe there are many reasons why private schools are better, other would prefer to just send their child to a public school. It is important to make sure that you know what truly separates these two type of schools.
Between the years of 2011 and 2012, there were 449,819 private school students enrolled in kindergarten than any other grade level. This would lead to many of these private school students going out and then enrolled in a private middle school. A 2016 Condition of Education report revealed that there were 441,000 private school teachers working between the years of 2013 and 2014.
Right now in the United States, there are 33,619 private schools enrolling 5.4 million pre schools through 12th-grade students. Here is what you should know if you are debating whether or not you should send your child to a private middle school.
They Are Smaller Than Public Schools
Your local private schools are going to be different than your local public schools. First and foremost, a private middle school is going to be smaller than the public middle schools you compare them to. Understand that across all private schools, the average size of each school was 146 students between the years of 2011 and 2012. 87% of all private schools enroll less than 300 students in total. Also, know that Private schools are 25% of the nation’s schools and contain 10% of all pre school through 12th-grade students.
They Provide a Different Experience Than Public Schools
Between 60 and 80% of all teachers working at a private middle school will have an advanced degree. This means that at a private middle school the teachers will be much more prepared and ready to help your children learn the most that they can. Of all the 305,842 private high school graduates in 2010 and 2011, about 64% attended 4-year colleges by the fall of 2011. This is because many of the private high schools will focus on the next step. The same is said for a private middle school as they will prep your child for high school academics.
A Condition of Education report in 2016 revealed that in between the 2013 and 2014 school year, 4.1 million students were sent enrolled in private schools between the grade levels of preschool to 8th grade. Earlier in 2011 and 2012, only 4 million students were enrolled in private schools from the grade levels of preschool to 8th grade. About 96% of all private schools are coeducational as well while 2% enroll only boys and only girls. This is quite different as opposed to public schools.
Understand that a private middle school is going to have a stronger focus on your child but will also be a very different experience as opposed to attending a public middle school. There are many benefits to sending your child to a private middle school, but there are also some cons in terms of a social experience. Make sure you know what you want for your kid and make sure you pay attention to their experience and what is best for them.