Myth #10: Private school teachers make less than public school teachers.
Not true. This might have been the case years ago. Private school teachers are not unionized. They enjoy some perks public school teachers do not enjoy such as housing, meals and reduced or free tuition for their children. But, as a rule, compensation is about the same in both sectors. The real disparity seems to occur within private schools themselves. Most parochial or religious schools tend to offer compensation which is on the low end of the scale.
Myth #9: Private schools are for rich kids or kids with behavior problems.
Myth #8: Gay teachers and same sex partners are not welcome in private schools.
Myth #7: Certification is not required for private school teachers.
Myth #6: Private schools require their faculty to live on campus.
Boarding schools typically want their junior faculty to live on campus as dorm masters. That means you live in an apartment in the dorm and are responsible for supervising the students who board. More senior faculty and staff generally live in school-provided housing located on campus. Day schools don't require their faculty to live on campus.
Myth #5: Private school teachers must wear academic gowns.
Being a legacy helps get your application reviewed. But the only sure fire way to get admitted is to offer what the school is looking for. On the other hand, if your older brother went to the school or currently attends it, chances are pretty good that you will get in as your family is a known quantity.
Myth #3: Private schools cost a fortune.
Some do. Many don't. In fact a few private schools are actually tuition and expense free, thanks to the munificence of their benefactors. The trick is to find a school you like, then apply for financial aid. Many private schools offer generous aid packages to qualified students.
Would that that were true. Unfortunately, like anything else in the United States, entrance to college is a matter of having good grades, a well-rounded dossier, and the luck to apply to a college which is not too selective. It is true that private schools generally offer excellent college preparation. Indeed it is one reason so many schools have prep in their names.
The truth is that students go to private school because they want to learn. Not because they are geniuses. Most students are accepted at a private school because they have the potential to be good students. In an atmosphere where learning is cool and teachers will take the time to help, encourage and nurture you, your intrinsic genius will shine forth.