A private school is private in its administration and finances. It is also sometimes referred to as independent schools, private, nonpublic schools or privately run schools. They are not administered or governed by the state, federal government, or local municipalities. Private schools are generally established in a building separate from that used by public schools.
Parents of children in a public school have little choice but to attend those schools. They may choose to send their children to private schools if they want a different curriculum, better treatment, or special services. Private schools are generally located on another part of the school district, in a separate building, or in a neighborhood, depending upon the location of the school. Private schools may be non-sectarian, religious, Christian, Jewish, or secular.
Private schools have received a lot of media attention lately due to many scandals and issues regarding the way the schools are run, such as teachers receiving improper compensation, students not being able to learn due to physical disabilities, and even students being sexually abused. Although there are many positive aspects of private schools such as an opportunity to find the best teacher for your child, there are also some negative issues to consider.
The first thing to think about when you choose a private school for your child is the cost. Most private schools can be quite expensive. They tend to have a higher tuition than public schools. Another option is to work with a private school, to find out what their average fees are, so you know how much you can afford to send your child to a private school. If your child has special needs, you might be eligible for a discount on the tuition if you apply for it. Private schools also tend to use different books and resources, and may not allow your child to use the books, resources or equipment that are provided to public schools.
Another concern of parents of students in private schools is that they do not have the same level of support that public schools provide. Many private schools don’t have a health care program, after school programs, after school sports and extracurricular activities, or even the same type of educational and extracurricular programs. As a parent, you want your child to have access to all these things so that he or she can learn to the best of his or her ability and enjoy life in a setting where they feel at home. These are things that public schools are willing to provide.
Private schools have a reputation for not following federal laws and regulations regarding discipline, and teaching. Many of these schools will not allow students to leave until they have fully learned all of the rules, and regulations concerning the classroom environment. Parents often feel that this is not the teaching method that is necessary to teach and train young people. Private schools do not offer the support or structure that can help students succeed.
Other parents worry about the quality of education that students receive in private schools. A lot of people think that students who attend private schools are poorly educated because of the fact that the teachers in these schools are not supervised. The reason that teachers are often not supervised in private schools is that many of these schools are self-contained, meaning that the schools do not have a public school district that is accountable for their education. Also, in most private schools, the teaching staff tends to be more experienced than their public school counterparts.
In addition to these factors, some schools do not participate in any type of student or teacher resource groups that public schools participate in. Students in private schools usually do not have access to the many activities and clubs that public schools participate in, such as clubs, athletic teams, academic and extracurricular activities, cultural activities, and summer programs. Parents are generally not aware of these types of things and can become concerned if there are no extracurricular activities in their child’s private school.