Lake Norman Woman Magazine January 2022

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a parent makes is about their child's education. After all, there are more options than ever before and so much to consider. Private schools are especially in demand today. That’s because the more than 2,000 private schools that operate in the United States offer families a variety of choices that are often unavailable in other types of educational settings. These private schools educate more than 700,000 pre-K through high school students, but the choice between private school, public school, home schooling, and charter school depends more on the individual student and family than any other factor. How do you know if a private school will be beneficial for your family? Read on to learn about some of the benefits of a private school education.

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1 Smaller Class Sizes The average private school has about 166 students, while the average public school has about 526. The result is a difference in class sizes, which is a huge consideration for parents debating between private school and other educational settings. On average, there are only 19 students per class in private schools compared to 25 in public schools and charter schools. 2 They Address Particular Educational Needs Private schools allow families to find an educational approach and an educational philosophy that is the best fit. There are private schools that focus on services for students who have particular learning needs or interests, for example. In addition, private schools can offer different educational philosophies, such as Montessori, art- or science-based curriculums, and religiously affiliated programs. 4 High-Quality College-Search Services The student to counselor ratio nationally in public schools averages 500 to 1. And unfortunately, students need help all at the same time when it comes to making decisions about college and filling out applications. It’s easy to see how students could fall through the cracks. On the other hand, private schools have lower student to counselor ratios and often offer one-on-one sessions of collegefocused advice and support. w

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3 Extremely High Graduation Rates The graduation rate for private high school students across the United States is just under 100 percent. Comparatively, the graduation rate is just 80 percent for public high school students in the nation. Your child will have a significant advantage of graduating from high school if they attend a private school, and will be surrounded by peers who also aspire to graduate.


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