Is private school right for your child? Learn about the things you should consider and the unique benefits of a private school education. Once you are convinced of the value of a private school education, then you must determine which private school is going to be best for your requirements.
It depends on your requirements. But in the end only one thing matters most anyway: the fit. When you get the fit right, you will have a happy child.
Many parents agonize over sending their child to boarding school or keeping them at home and sending them to day school. There are benefits to both kinds of schools. This is an important choice to make.
Single Sex or Coeducation?
You ought to consider a single sex school as opposed to a traditional coeducational school. Why? Because...
If you have questions about a school's athletic program, be sure to contact the athletic director. The blend of academic and athletic excellence possible in a private school setting will please you. Your son or daughter will be able to play varsity...
|School Demographics||School #1||School #2||School #3|
|Day or boarding|
|Coed or single sex|
|Number of students|
|Number of boarders|
|Number of day students|
|How diverse is the student body?|
|Number of faculty|
|Student to faculty ratio|
|Administration and Faculty|
|How long has the headmaster/principal been in office?|
|How large is the endowment?|
|Financial condition of school (Excellent to marginal)|
|Number of faculty with advanced degrees|
|Staff turnover (If turnover, why?)|
|Curriculum and Instruction|
|Number of AP courses|
|Teaching methods (Harkness, classical, etc.)|
|Is technology integrated into teaching?|
|Which denomination or faith?|
|Intensity of observances (relaxed to mandatory)|
|Campus and Facilities|
|Security and safety|
|Is staff helpful?|
|Policies and procedures|
|Quality of visit and tour|
|Financial aid offered|
Most schools now subscribe to Internet 2 as well as the commercial internet. They also use email and VOIP phones internally for seamless integration of data and voice messaging.
While Macs are popular in many schools, most private schools use PCs in line with the common practice in the business world.
Technology staffs are now fulltime professionals. Their duties are divided between traditional line and support functions and academic technology responsibilities. Showing teachers how to use technology in the classroom is just as important as troubleshooting somebody's malfunctioning PC.
Web 2.0 tools can be found throughout private schools. Blogs, Skype, RSS feeds, social networking sites and wikis flourish. Many schools encourage parents to follow their child's progress through the use of Web portals and messaging. Parents can monitor academic progress in realtime rather than just waiting for a report card to be issued.
Many schools have open houses. These offer you a wonderful opportunity to visit the school, see classrooms, listen to the school's 'story' and meet admissions staff. How do you figure out which schools have open houses in your area? You can look on the school's...