For example, the Harry Potter series gives a romanticized view of life in an English boarding school. The dining hall and faculty gowns still exist in many English schools. Everything else is delightful fantasy. Goodbye Mr. Chips! is a two tissue tear jerker. Dead Poets Society always leaves a lump in your throat. School Ties shows the kind of nasty prejudice which was the norm way back when.
- Chasing Holden (2003) with DJ Qualls, Rachel Blanchard, Colin Fox
- Dead Poets Society (1989) with Robin Williams, Robert Sean Leonard and Ethan Hawke
- The Emperors Club (2002) with Kevin Kline, Emile Hirsch and Joel Gretsch
- Finding Forrester (2000) with Sean Connery, Rob Brown, F. Murray Abraham
- Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)...
The technical definition of a private school
The State of Wisconsin offers a typical look at private schools from the regulators' perspective: "The statutory definition of a 'private school' allows for some variation in curriculum and organizational structure. However, numerous state statutes and administrative rules affect how a private school can administer curriculum, employee regulations and protections, student health services, facilities, enrollment reports, pupil records, special education, and transportation."
While private schools are subject to all applicable local, state and federal laws and regulations governing the business side of things, the essence of a private school which is its curriculum and how it chooses to teach that curriculum is essentially in the school's hands. That's why you will find so many reilgious schools emphasizing their religious instruction. And they can do that with impunity because they are private.
Most private schools are incorporated as non-profit entities with the specific purpose of operating a school covering specified grades. Most private schools have been given tax-exempt status by the IRS under 501 (c) (3) of the tax code.
Funding for private schools
Private schools are funded...
A private school is a school which is funded by non-public monies. In other words no government funding or other tax-payer funds are used to sustain the school's operations. If the school is incorprated and established as a 501 (c) (3) entity, it will generally not be liable for local and state taxes. In that sense a private school is subsidized by the public treasury. For this reason many private schools consider it politic and prudent to pay property taxes, sewer taxes and other local taxes to ensure that the local services such as fire, police and emergency first responders are available when needed.
A country day school is a nice name for a private day school set on some beautiful treed acreage. That's right. It is really nothing more than a marketing term.
A parochial school is a type of private school. Generally parochial schools are attached to a church or other religious institution. That institution usually subsidizes the operations of the school as part of its ministry. A parochial school is usally governed by individuals selected by the religious institution. In the Roman Catholic Church parochial schools are frequently...
- Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
- New England Association of Schools and Colleges
- North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
- Southern Association of Schools and Colleges
- Western Association of Schools and Colleges
A Higher Bar
A major advantage to private education is that your child will likely be challenged to a higher academic standard. Private schools can be more academically rigorous than public schools, and private school students may have to meet more criteria to keep up their grade point averages. According to The Condition of Education 2001, from the...