T here are numerous differences between the private and public educational systems; all of which contribute to choosing the right school being a meticulous decision.
Proponents of a private education argue that the child graduating from this system has a stronger foundation and is better positioned to excel in life. Likewise, those in favour of the public school system believe that all graduating students are generally at par with their peers.
Being independent of the government determined curriculum, private schools have greater freedom to design and inform their curriculum. With less bureaucracy comes greater innovation and the ease to incorporate change into the curriculum.
Smaller teacher to student ratios in private schools contribute to more individual time for each student allowing the teacher – student bond to be formed and nurtured. It also means the classroom resources are shared amongst a smaller pool of students.
Parents are a vital part of a child’s life regardless of the educational institution. In private schools, parental involvement in the child’s educational path is much more prominent than in public schools where accommodating a larger class size takes up a substantial part of the teacher’s time. Some private schools also encourage parents to drop in as often as they want and the communication between teacher and parent is often more frequent.
Extra-curricular activities such as swimming, STEM programs including coding and robotics, sports and athletics, and various clubs are also much more prominent in private schools. They do exist in public schools, but the emphasis and scope will vary from school to school. Private school fees contribute heavily to the schools added resources and the ability to provide competitive and recreational extra-curricular activities.
In the overall public education system, all children are welcome, and no child can be denied an education. Private schools tend to have a vigorous admissions protocol that may require assessing the child and a lengthy interview process with the child and their family. Private schools thereby retain the ability and right to be more selective in whom they feel is a right fit for the school and environment.
The decision will ultimately be based on where a parent feels their child will be most comfortable and successful. We achieve this by placing them in an environment that fulfils their physical, social, emotional and intellectual needs with the objective of encouraging and enabling them to excel and be the best version they can.