Three Advantages Private Schools Have Over Public Schools

Tuesday - March 11, 2014

Private schools have a better student-to-teacher ratio than public schools. This allows teachers to focus on all aspects of students' lives, and provide more individualized attention. For example, Massachusetts public schools average one counselor for eve


One of the most important decisions a parent can make is the choice of schooling for their child. Do they trust public schools, or go with private schooling? While many trust the public education system, there's a huge case to be made for private schooling.

Here are just a few of the several advantages that private schooling offers.

1. Superior Education. 
The National Assessment of Educational Progress is a test required for all public and private students. According to the results, students who received a private schools education scored higher on average across all subjects, including reading, math, and science. This is all likely due in large part to the fact that private school curricula are often more demanding, providing more opportunities to challenge students and bolster their education.
2. Better College Acceptance Rates. 
Private schooling's academic excellence naturally leads to better college acceptance rates. According to a January 2013 Dayton Daily News study, 13 private high school students in the Dayton area had much better scores on their college admission tests than their publically schooled peers. Students who received private schooling scored a 23.6 composite average on the American College Test against the 21.7 for the region's 81 public high schools.
3. More Individualized Attention. 
Private schools have a better student-to-teacher ratio than public schools. This allows teachers to focus on all aspects of students' lives, and provide more individualized attention. For example, Massachusetts public schools average one counselor for every 415 students versus the 5:1 ratio that private schools have. Since students can get more attention, they're more likely to excel in school, even in their natural problem areas.
Despite all of these benefits, many still hem and haw about the cost of private school tuition. However, your child's education is an investment -- not an expense. For most, private schooling offers too many advantages not to at least consider it as an option. If you have any questions about private vs public schools, feel free to ask in the comments.

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