Two Less Obvious Benefits Of Private Schooling

Wednesday - December 03, 2014

Consider what private schools can do for your child. A private school can teach children about one -- or all religions -- and they generally have greater resources to encourage participation in the arts from a young age.

Are you having trouble selecting a school for your child? Are you torn between public and private schooling? Are private academy schools worth the added expense? These are all very good questions, and there are a number of different answers. While many parents who compare private schools to public schools already know that private schools generally offer a better education -- with private school kids getting higher test scores and being accepted into more prestigious colleges -- there are some less obvious perks of choosing subsidized child care and/or private schooling. Here are just a few.

The Holidays
In a quest to make everyone happy, the holidays can be just about non-existent in public schools. The obvious reasons being that the holidays may carry some religious connotations. Public schools must be careful not to offend or alienate anyone. Parents can hand select private schools on the other hand. If you are Christian, you can choose a school that reflects these values. Even if you celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah, for example, you can choose schools that respectively teach children about both holidays.

The Arts
By age three, children have more than 1,000 trillion connections working around in their brains; adults only have half as much. In other words, it's best to foster creativity and learning at a young age, whenever possible. Look into schools with a variety of different classes, starting from a young age to middle school activities and beyond. The best private schools encourage the arts, including drama/theater, music, and writing, and sometimes even begin teaching children a second language as early as age five. All of these things foster imagination, creativity, and may ultimately improve reading and math test scores as well.


What are the best elementary school activities? The best middle school activities? Are private or public schools best? Consider what private schools can do for your child. A private school can teach children about one -- or all religions -- and they generally have greater resources to encourage participation in the arts from a young age.

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