We share ideas on how to raise children with intention, and of course, a big part of any conversation involving both intentional and conscious parenting is education. Private school education is often favored by parents. Here are five ways that private school can prepare your child for success in life. (Of course, it's important to support traditional schooling and homeschooling as well. Figure out whatever works best for your family.)
It's All About Committing to Providing The Best Education
Private schools are well known for their commitment to academic excellence. Parents understand the value of the "commitment" that private school educators make on a daily basis to focus on academic excellence. In a private school setting, there is a conscious effort to adhere to the highest standards of education.
In a private school setting, children are viewed as individual learners, and their learning style is catered to. This focus on the learner helps to design education programs that propel students forward in their development. Unfortunately, in public school settings, this "intentional" approach to education is often not a focus. Conscious parenting includes ensuring that your child is in the right setting for growth.
Teachers Are Doing What They Love In Private Schools
Private schools typically hire teachers that hold a degree in the area that they teach. Having a degree in a subject that you are teaching matters. It matters when it comes to attitudes about teaching, and it matters when it comes to enjoying what you do. That positive energy when a teacher is able to teach something that they are expert in has a trickle-down effect on the child. Children become more engaged in learning when the teacher has a positive attitude about what they are teaching.
Public schools often hire teachers that do not hold a degree in the subject that they teach. About 60-80% of private school educators hold an advanced degree in the subject that they teach. As a parent committed to your child's education, you know how important it is that your child is exposed to people in an educational setting that they can look up to and believe in.
It's a Community
Private school settings often have a tight-knit community. The schools have a smaller student body, parents are typically more involved, and there is a big focus on community. It does take a village to raise a child. There is a sense of community that a private school has to offer. The whole child is protected in a private school setting.
In this type of setting, children are less exposed to adult problems. Administrators and educators are cautious about what children are exposed to. In public school settings, this is not the case. Children are often exposed to information in public schools about adult issues that can cause worry and upset. For example, about 24.5% of children removed from their homes by social services in Kentucky for a five-year period between 2010 and 2015 were removed for parental drug use.
Exposure to these "adult" problems is disturbing for children and can cause stress and anxiety. A positive community with role models that have the child's best interest can make a difference in your child's development.
Small Class Sizes Means a Lot of Individual Attention
When a child is simply not grasping the subject in the class, one of the best things an educator can do is give some individual attention to the child. In public school settings, it can be hard in an overcrowded class to answer each child's questions. It can be even harder to sit with a child and provide individualized education.
Private schools have smaller class sizes which give the teacher an opportunity to give the child individualized attention. Your child will feel like what they say, and what they think matters. They will also feel that if they need help they can ask for it.
A Brighter and Happier Future
About 81% of private school students further their education at a four-year university. It seems like most children thrive in this type of educational setting. Even job recruiters report they have less of a problem filling private school teaching jobs. Recruiters report that the greatest issues they deal with are finding highly qualified candidates (about 35% of the time) and then dealing with clients responding too slow with making an offer (about 30% of the time) but they never have a problem with private school placement.
Get your child in the right education setting by considering how a private school may the be the best option for your young learner!
Devin is a writer and an avid reader. When she isn't lost in a book or writing, she's busy in the kitchen trying to perfect her slow cooker recipes. You can find her poetry published in The Adirondack Review and Cartridge Lit.