Choosing a school that fits your child’s needs is a decision which requires careful consideration and much research. It is certainly not a task that should be frivolously checked off of your “Honey Do List”! It is an informed decision that needs to be made by both parents, and should not be taken lightly.
Here are some points that should be considered while weighing your options when choosing to go Private or Public:
- Smaller Class Sizes
Private schools have smaller class sizes which enable students to receive more individual attention in weak areas, and advance their strengths. These class sizes provide more opportunities for teachers to further challenge and enhance the program to meet individual student needs. Most public schools have large class sizes which become challenging for the teacher to provide the individual attention that some students may require.
- Enriched Academic Opportunities
One of the benefits of private schools is that they provide exceptional and challenging educational experiences. Private schools aim to go above and beyond offering the mandatory curriculum; in most cases, they exceed the expectations of the provincial curriculum. Most private school students consistently score top marks on standardized tests.
- Parental Involvement
Private schools host frequent parent-teacher meetings, monthly social events, concerts, school trips, family events, camping weekends and more; these events allow parents to connect with their child’s teachers and stay in the loop. These opportunities are limited in the public school system.
- A Safe Environment
Private schools have a strong reputation for supportive and nurturing environments which help maintain high standards for discipline and respect. Parents feel at ease dropping their children off each day, knowing that they are part of a close knit community where everyone knows each other!
- Community Involvement
Private schools actively participate in community charity drives which help children learn how to develop a sense of gratitude for what they have, while giving back to their community and learning the importance of sharing and caring for one another.
- Extracurricular Activities
While academics remain the priority for most private schools, many also place a strong focus on a well-rounded education; they encourage participation in extracurricular activities such as: music, arts, sports clubs, robotics, science, and math with a variety of competitive opportunities.
Choosing a school is certainly no easy task. But catering to your child’s individual learning needs, igniting a passion for learning, and preparing them to achieve their fullest potential should certainly be high on your list of criteria when asking that all important question, “Where should my child go to school?”