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Is a Prep School Education Right for Your Child?


Every parent wants to give their child the best chance at a successful life. And a good education can be the first step in the right direction. For many families, choosing a preparatory school has helped their children get into the college of their dreams and on the path to a rewarding career. But is a prep school the best decision for your family? While it is still possible for public schools to offer a top-notch education, there are some benefits to choosing a prep school for your child’s schooling.


In Line With Your Views

Many prep schools offer students not only a great education, but they also offer the religious education that could be lacking in a public school that must be religiously unbiased.


Smaller Class Sizes The typical American public classroom size is about 23 students to one teacher. While the average prep school classroom is about 10 to 15 students per teacher. With less students fighting for the attention of one instructor, there is more of a chance that your child will get the individualized attention that has been proven to improve scholastic success.


Greater Access to Teachers

Because the teacher has fewer students, the child often has better access to the teacher for help with homework or in-depth instruction. Many prep schools even offer 24-hour access to their teachers.


Well-educated Instructors • Most prep school faculty has advanced degrees in either education or other specialties that allow them to be more knowledgeable in the fields they teach. This gives the child a more in-depth education in the subjects he or she studies.


State-of-the-art Facilities • Not only will your child be exercising their mind in a more competitive classroom, but they will also be exercising their bodies in top-notch recreational facilities. Some offer Olympic-sized swimming pools, regulation golf courses and meticulously-maintained athletic fields. Using these facilities could be your child’s ticket to a college scholarship.


Ivy League Advantage • The reason many parents choose prep schools for their children, especially those that are rated as the best in the country, do so because their child will have the best chance of getting into an Ivy League school. Universities like Harvard, Princeton and Columbia are more likely to pay attention to your prep school student because they are already used to the rigors of a top-rated education. While there are many benefits of choosing to send your child to a prep school, the decision is not an easy one. With yearly tuition ranging from $12,000 to $30,000, parents must decide if the financial burden is worth it.


And if you decide to choose a prep school near you, here are some tips for choosing the right one… • Think about the characteristics you want in a school • Right down a list of schools that match your list of expectations • Visit each school and ask thorough questions • Fill out the applications in advance – you should begin the process two years before the fall your child would start school.


Is a prep school education right for your child