What's Being Taught?

Updated May 25, 2016 |
What's Being Taught?
What curricula do private schools follow? Who accredits private schools? What kind of standards prevail? More here.

American private high schools generally prepare their graduates for academic work after graduation. With that in mind let's take a look at the various academic options which you will find in American private schools.

Because private schools are indeed private or independent, as opposed to being state schools, they can set their own curricula and the qualifications of their faculty. Most private high schools meet or exceed the course requirements mandated by the state education department for the state in which the school is located. For example, here are the State of Minnesota's graduation requirements: 

Minnesota students are required to complete three kinds of requirements by the time they graduate. Students must:

  • Satisfactorily complete the state course credit requirements under Minnesota Statutes, section 120B.024.
  • Satisfactorily complete all state academic standards or local academic standards where state standards do not apply.
  • Meet graduation assessment requirements.

Course Credits
Students complete the academic standards by taking a core course of study that equips them with the knowledge and skills they need for success in postsecondary education, highly skilled work, and civic life. In order to graduate, your child’s high school coursework must include at least the minimum state course credit requirements. A course credit is equivalent to a student successfully completing an academic year of study or mastering the subject matter, as determined by the local school district. Students must complete a minimum of 21.5 course credits as follows:

  • 4 credits of
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Updated September 05, 2017 |
What Overseas Parents Need To Know
If you live outside the United States, choosing an American private school can be a confusing process. Here is an overview of the process.
If you live abroad and are thinking about sending your child to an American private school, you need to be aware of several things about American schools. If you are being transferred to the United States by your employer, your move will entail help with finding and paying for private schools for your school age children. Let's explore five characteristics of American private schools about which you need to know.
1. The U.S. has many private schools.
First of all, like everything else in the U.S., the sheer number of private K-12 schools in the United States is positively overwhelming. There are over 29,000 private schools. See Private Schools: A Brief Portrait for an overview of the private school scene. Private schools educate approximately 10% of K-12 students.

This video gives you an idea of why Cabrini High School in New Orleans, Louisiana is much loved by its students. Children attend American private schools by choice, not because they have to.

In North America “public” denotes a school which receives funding from a government entity. The federal, state and/or local authorities support our public schools with tax dollars. Generally, public schools are largely funded by property taxes at the local municipal level. Private schools, on the other hand, are generally supported almost exclusively by their own resources. These include tuition fees, fund-raising campaigns, and endowments. Private schools do not, as a rule, accept any form of state funding. To do so would jeopardize
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Updated April 04, 2017 |
State Regulation of Private Schools provides a brief description, by state, of the legal requirements that apply to private schools.
State Regulation of Private Schools provides a brief description, by state, of the legal requirements that apply to private schools. In addition, each state entry includes statistics on private schools by type in the state. This manual is intended to serve as a reference for public and private school officials, state policy makers, and researchers. This manual is an update of a 1993 publication by the (then) Office of Private Education, The Regulation of Private Schools in America: A State-by-State Analysis.

To ensure the accuracy of the analysis, contact persons in each state were designated by the Chief State School Officer. Each state summary was submitted to the appropriate state department of education for their consideration and approval. The individuals in each state who reviewed and amended these summaries were key to the timely and accurate updating of this information and their participation, cooperation, and expertise are most appreciated. For the first time, legal requirements regarding home schooling are included in each state. s summary. Additionally, state data on private schools from the U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, are included for each state.
This document is intended to provide helpful guidance. It creates no new rights or responsibilities. Additionally, nothing in this study reflects the position of the U.S. Department of Education as to the meaning or effect of any state legal requirement. Readers are encouraged to consult state constitutions and the full text of relevant case law, statutes, and regulations.
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Updated June 03, 2017 |
Private School Supplies
Your child will need lots of supplies when she goes off to private school. These lists will help get you organized.
Starting a new year always brings much excitement as well as a little trepidation. In terms of planning, getting a preview of what you need to take to school with you can help settle nerves. While traditionally, private schools are better stocked in terms of student supplies, it is still customary for students to bring their personal school supplies at the beginning of each school year.

Your school supply list will depend on what grade you are going in and what school you go to. Each school has their own way of doing things. Sometimes, schools will charge a supply fee and provide the student with most everything they need. Sometimes, schools will ask for items that become communal property, i.e. computer paper, tissue boxes, and even pencils. More than likely, the private school student will be asked to bring in their personal school supplies which they will use the ensuing year.

The purpose of this article is to give you a preview of what the typical private school supplies list will be like, provide shopping tips and give you our favorite online school supplies shopping sources. Our example supply lists are broken down: one for elementary students and one for high school students. Remember to check with your school for their actual list before you start shopping.
Elementary Private School Supplies

At the elementary school level more so than at the high school level, supplies can end up as "communal" in nature, since students tend to
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Updated February 02, 2018 |
Private School Jobs
Teaching in a private school is different from teaching in a public school. Find out more about the differences as well as duties, compensation and where to find jobs.
What is it really like to work in a private school?  Is it the same as teaching in a public school? We'll look at the advantages to working in private schools, different types of jobs in private schools, teaching in a private school versus in a public school, benefits to working at a private school, preparing for work in a private school, and finding employment in private schools.
Advantages to Working in a Private School

Flexible Curriculum

A private school teacher does not have to teach to the test. Public school teachers must focus on preparing their students to do well on state-mandated testing as opposed to really teaching them.

Smaller Class Size

Private school class sizes are generally smaller than similar public school classes. You can truly teach a small class of students. Discipline issues are minimal.

Increased Teacher Safety

Teachers feel safer in most private schools because private schools can enforce their discipline codes with impunity. In addition, most private schools have a much smaller student population than public schools. It is easier to supervise a smaller group of students. This video discusses teacher safety training for public school classrooms.
Different Types of Jobs in Private Schools
Private schools employ administrators, support staff and teachers. The teachers are what give any private school its special, unique flavor. Most schools are very particular about the kinds of teaching style and qualifications they are looking for.
Educational Positions
What does a teacher do?
  • Teacher. The teacher
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