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You're considering choosing a private school for your child's education. Great! These educational institutions offer benefits galore, such as lower student-teacher ratios and the opportunity to follow an educational or religious philosophy during the school day. But, what else? Understanding the advantages that they hold can help you to discover why these types of schools may be right for your child. What can private schools do for your young student?
Obviously, having less students assigned to one teacher can only benefit learning. And, while it might only 'seem' like children benefit from private school instruction, in many ways they actually do. When it comes to reading, students attending private institutions score higher on national tests.
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) evaluates students across the U.S. in fourth, eighth and twelfth grades. The 2013 NAEP Reading Report Card (for the nation's students) shows that children who attend private programs consistently score higher on reading skills and knowledge than those in public schools. While only 8 percent of public school students in grade four scored in the "Advanced" range, 14 percent of private schools students reached this level. For eight graders, only 4 percent of public school students ranked as "Advanced." This is in comparison to 10 percent of private school students.
An Array of Alternatives
Seventy percent of private programs use a regular (or traditional) educational program, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). That said, many private programs (30 percent total) offer alternatives.
What types of alternatives? There are religion-focused options that include religious studies along with academics. If you aren't looking for a religion-affiliated institution, other programs follow specific educational philosophes or methods. These include programs such as Montessori and Waldorf, along with specialized areas such as international studies or the arts.
Like with reading, private education students tend to score higher on math tests. While the fourth grade NAEP scores for "Advanced" aren't drastically different for public and private programs (with eight and nine percent respectively), the eighth grade stats show a greater gap. Only 8 percent of public school students scored in the "Advanced" math range. In comparison 14 percent of private students had scores that put them into this category.
Along with these benefits, your student may have a greater likelihood of going to college if she attends a private school, score higher on writing tasks and have more individualized attention (over what she would find in a public school). By visiting private schools (as part of your decision-making process) you can observe students at work and see the pros of these programs for yourself.