Have you made the decision on where you are going to send your teen to high school? Have you weighed all of the options between a public and private education? In this article we will explore the benefits, advantages and disadvantages of a private education.
First we will look at some of the benefits and advantages. According to a study done by The Council for American Private Education (CAPE);
• One in four schools in America is a private school.
• One out of every nine teenagers attends a private school.
• An outstanding ninety percent of private high school graduates will go on to attend a college as compared to the sixty-six percent of high school students from public schools.
• It is proven that there is generally a lower dropout rate among private schools and less campus violence as compared to the public schools.
Along with these statistics, private schools have the ability to offer smaller class sizes, which gives your teenager more individualized attention from the teachers. In the Wichita area alone, the average enrollment of private schools range from eighty-eight to one-thousand students.
Something else to look at is if your teen is seriously thinking about college, then it seems that private schooling has some advantages. According to an interview in Splurge Magazine, with Tom Davis, head of Collegiate School, “Last year the sixty-one graduates from Wichita Collegiate High school received collectively 4.2 million dollars in merit-based scholarships from college and universities”. Most of the schools, according to their websites, make it their mission to help the student get into college. Below are some mission statements from a few of the private schools in Wichita;
“To provide superior, independent, college preparatory education, serving a diverse student population in a safe, supportive community, conducive to the intellectual, emotional and physical growth of each independent student.” (Mission Statement, The Independent Upper School)
“Trinity Academy High School is dedicated to providing a Christ centered college preparatory education for parents and students committed to spiritual growth and academic excellence.” (Mission Statement, Trinity Academy High School)
“The mission of Wichita Collegiate High School is to provide the highest quality education for each student, which will maximize his or her ability to understand and enjoy the complexities of the world and successfully meet the challenges of life.” (Mission Statement, Wichita Collegiate School)
Now for the disadvantage, private schools can be expensive. For the families that make the decision to send their teenager to a private school, it is more about an investment in their future than about the cost. If you are seriously contemplating investing in your teen’s future, do not let the expense deter you. Some of the private schools have tuition assistance programs available for those who qualify. Contact the school you are interested in to learn more.
If something in this article has sparked an interest in you to invest in your teen’s future, then the first step you will need to take is evaluate each private school’s mission, goals, curriculum and whether they have the extracurricular activities that your teen would be interested in participating in. You don’t even have to leave the comfort of your home to do this. Most of the private schools offer this information on their websites. If they do not, they will provide contact information that you can use to get the information you are looking for. If you are a personal person and want to see for yourself, contact the admissions director to schedule a tour and to ask questions.
In conclusion, always remember that whether you send your teen to a public or private school, the success will be determined by the amount of time and effort both you and your teen put into it. Parental involvement is crucial to a student getting an education. Although they are in high school now and seem to want to be independent, they still need you and want your help. Read my last article, http://dampfang.com/parenting-teens-in-wichita/don-t-replace-family-time-with-more-work-when-your-teenager-goes-back-to-school for more information on this.
Here is a list of private schools in the Wichita area;
Bishop Carroll Catholic High School
Kapaun Mt. Carmel
St. Margret Mary School
Sunrise Christian Academy
The Independent School
Wichita Adventist Christian Academy
Wichita Collegiate School
Word of Life Traditional School