There are many reasons why parents choose to enroll their kids in a private school instead of letting them attend a public school. However, the main reason behind their line of thinking is simple: private school graduates tend to be more successful. The statistics prove this.
Students at private schools tend to have higher grades and better test scores, the graduation rate tends to be much higher, and the number of students that not only go on to college but are accepted to a well-regarded college is higher as well.
This isn’t just because students at private schools come from affluent families and therefore have an advantage over students going to public schools to begin with. Many private schools actually offer scholarships to students from families who can’t afford tuition. In fact, the student populations of most private schools are incredibly diverse.
So why are private school students so much more successful than public school students? The following are some of the reasons why students who go to private school tend to be more successful:
Private schools have a better teacher-to-student ratio
Many public schools are incredibly understaffed, especially in more populated areas of the country. They simply can’t afford to hire more teachers with the budget that they have, and the number of students that enroll increases substantially every year.
While this isn’t the case for every public school, there are many public schools that serve thousands of students and don’t have nearly enough students to provide each student with the attention they need.
One of the biggest perks of going to a private school is that private schools are rarely understaffed. In fact, most private schools try to keep their teacher-to-student ratio low so they can provide their students with the individual attention that they need in order to succeed.
When there are 30+ kids to a class, many students are going to get left behind. Most private schools have a cap on the number of students that they will accept in order to prevent this from happening and to keep class sizes small.
Private schools aren’t reliant on state funding
Public schools get their money from the state, which means they have a set budget to work with. In many cases, the budget they have is simply not enough. This budget can get stretched as their needs change, which can affect their students.
For example, many schools can’t afford to hire the number of teachers they truly need to serve the number of students they have. Other issues that can result due to a lack of proper funding can include outdated textbooks, educational tools or equipment (such as science lab equipment).
Private schools tend to be much better funded. They are able to fulfill their needs within their established budget because of the tuition money that they collect as well as the gifts and endowments that they receive. This means that students have access to up-to-date textbooks and higher-quality educational tools and equipment.
For example, students who attend private schools likely won’t have to worry about sharing a bunsen burner with ten other students in their chemistry class. A lack of such equipment can remove the ability to teach students in a hands-on manner, which strips away an extremely effective method for teaching.
Private schools have more flexible curriculums
Public schools have no say in what their curriculum is since they have to meet their state’s educational regulations and requirements. It’s why you’ll find that pretty much every public school has the same curriculum.
Additionally, many public schools do not have an extensive amount of extracurricular activities because their budget prevents them from offering such options.
Private schools can create their own curriculum. Parents often look at the curriculum a private school offers in order to make sure that some of the classes and activities available are of interest in their kids.
If your child is interested in art or music, for example, and they are able to take art and music-related classes, they’ll be more interested in school in general. If such options are not available to them, there’s increased risk that they will lose interest in school.
Private schools often employ new teaching techniques
Few public schools are able to implement new and potentially more effective teaching techniques because they are bound to state educational regulations and requirements.
Many teachers have to focus on teaching a certain way in order to achieve “effective” test results, which aren’t always indicative of whether students are truly learning anything. This kind of teaching also causes those students who may not learn at the same rate as their peers to be left behind.
Private schools typically implement various teaching methods in order to meet the needs of each individual student instead of attempting to boost the average test scores to meet certain state set requirements.
For example, at Brook Road Academy, teachers employ a more conversational approach to teaching. This helps to keep students more engaged and allows them to participate in their lessons instead of being casual observers. The more engaged they are, the more likely they are to absorb the lessons they are being taught.
If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of attending a private school or about our curriculum and approach to education in general, contact us at Brook Road Academy to schedule an in-person tour at our school today.