As a parent you have to make a lot of decisions as you raise your children – everything from what shoes they wear to how they act when meeting others. One of the most important is what school your child will attend. As one wise preschool teacher once said, "make sure you find the school that fits your child."
The best way to begin your search is to think about your child-their needs, wants and personality- and what type of education will bring out the best in them. You also need to think about what opportunities and experiences you want your child to have along with the values you think are important for a good life.
There are various options, but for many parents, the ideal choice is a private school.
The benefits are many and the diversity is breathtaking. Private schools feature high academic standards based on smaller class sizes and strong teacher credentials. Some top private schools emphasis college placement or focus on the Arts, while others enhance educational opportunities for children with special needs.
Beyond academics, all the best independent schools educate the whole child. Learning is enriched through the Arts, travel abroad or other specialized programs. Athletics are important at independent schools with students having a chance to develop a lifelong interest like tennis and play team sports such as basketball.
A lasting benefit of an independent school is the sense of community that develops among students, faculty and parents. Shared values, a tradition of reaching out to others and the security of a safe atmosphere based on respect and discipline draw the diverse community found at private schools together.
With over 33,000 independent schools in the United States, there is a private school for every parent and child.