As parents, it’s natural to want the best for your children. Ensuring that they are given the best opportunities education wise is vital to their educational growth. Public schools are great but are subject to frequent changes made by members of the school district and school boards that you may or may not agree with. By enrolling your child in either a charter or private school, they are not governed by the school board or fall under any school districts. This allows the school complete freedom on how and what they teach your child. Here we give you a brief synopsis of both charter and private schooling and all the relevant information you will need to make the decision that’s right for your child’s educational needs.
Charters schools are tuition free schools that receive funding from the government, but are not a part of the state’s school system. There are no zoning requirements which means that your child can attend the school no matter where your zip code falls. Typically charter schools use a lottery system for admission once the school reaches capacity limits; so that is something to keep in mind when trying to enroll. A charter school is extremely similar to a public school just with a little more freedom to adjust daily operations and better cater to the student’s educational needs. Since they are not a part of the regulated school system, if something isn’t working for their students, the teachers are giving the ability and freedom to try other teaching methods that may be more beneficial for the students. This means if your child is struggling to grasp a certain concept, instead of falling by the way side, they are given more opportunities from the school to understand and master the material.
Private schools offer very similar benefits to a charter school but one of the main differences is the tuition. As the school does not get funding from the local school system or government, the funding comes from the tuition paid annually from the students. The tuition can be pretty pricey as most of the funding for the school comes from it, but there are tuition assistance programs available if you qualify. Since it is the parents who are funding their child’s education, they are typically more involved. Private schools offer smaller class sizes that result in more one on one attention by the teachers. This allows the teachers to asses each child’s specific learning style and from there can develop a more personalized teaching plan to fit the specific needs of each student. Statistics have shown that because of this, students that attend private schools test higher in mathematics, verbal, and written ability.
When it comes to your child’s education, you want to make sure they are getting the best available to them. Every child learns in a different way and at a different pace. By knowing all the benefits for each schooling option, you are able to make a more educated decision on where you want to enroll your child to receive the best results available to them.