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… and then let them guide you through the admission process. Private schools traditionally offer smaller class sizes, meaning more personal attention and less chance for your child to get lost in the shuffle. They also maintain a competitive academic standing and selection of advanced placement (AP) options, and often a faith-based foundation. Educators are also highly qualified in that they usually have a first degree in their subject. Seventy to eighty percent will also carry a masters and/or terminal degree. Most private schools do not have to teach to a test – meaning that they can focus on teaching your child how to think, rather than what to think. And as school funding is not mandated by state budgets, private schools are known for their superb media and athletic facilities. Perhaps most important, however, is that in private schools being smart is cool. Too often on mainstream campuses the students who want to learn and who excel in a given field are ostracized. In a private setting, the smarter you are, the more the school will do to stretch your intellect to its limits. So if you’re in the market for private instruction, consider what these Midtown schools have to offer:

s a Triangle parent, you have many options on the horizon concerning your child’s education. From base schools (with traditional, modified, and multitrack year-round calendars), to magnet, charter, and private instruction options – there’s a lot to assess. And to select the best fit, you’ll need to do a little homework of your own.

Wake County school reassignments and families split by different calendars have caused many to re-examine their options. So why send your child to a private school? Is it worth the investment? Take a closer look. Researching schools is key, along with gathering referrals and making visits to campuses of interest. From attending information sessions to monitoring deadlines and filling out applications, the process can be daunting – but it doesn’t have to be. From traditional to progressive, our area has a variety of private schools from which to choose. It’s important to find an institute whose approach and philosophy best meet your family’s objectives

today’s lesson: Educating Yourself on Midtown’s Private & Magnet Schools By Kristy Stevenson

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