|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|
Living in a boarding school essentially prevents your child from being anonymous. She will be part of the school community. She will be engaged in its activities, academics and athletics. She...
Q. Is there ranking on California private schools?
A. There is no ranking on private elementary schools. Since the key to a rewarding private school education is finding a good match for your child's specific needs, parents should not make their decision solely based on test scores and reputation.
So, the answer to every parent's question "Which is the best school for my child?" is a very ambiguous attorney's answer: "It depends!" What does it depend on?
It depends on your requirements.
She's more concerned with what kind of kids go to the school, what her social life will be like, whether she can bring her horse to school, how much homework there is and how difficult the work is. Typical teenage concerns.
What you must do to determine the best school for your child is to examine and discuss all the things which matter to you both. This is not a discussion which can take place while stopped at a traffic light after field hockey practice. Set aside some quality time in a neutral location - a quiet booth in a diner will do just fine - and explore the issues with your child. You will...
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.
By contrast South Kent School is an example of a small school with 150 students. What do Exeter and South Kent have in common? A low student to faculty ratio. Typically private schools have student-faculty ratios in a range of 10:1. This is the genius of private schools. This is what you are really paying for when you send your child to private school: the personal attention to her learning needs.
Low student to faculty ratio is another way of saying that the class sizes are small. That is a good thing. You see, in a small school your daughter cannot escape and hide from view like she can in a large public school with large class sizes. When she sits around a Harkness table with fourteen other students and the teacher in the middle, there's no hiding anything.
As a result of small classes, teachers are able to dig deeply into the material. They are able to explore the sidebars and cement the fundamentals in place. (Parenthetically, it is a very satisfying feeling to be able to truly teach as one can do in a private...