We’ve seen this time and again, your student is in the 6th grade, she’s been going to school with the same kids since kindergarten, and suddenly things start going downhill socially or academically. But what is there to do? You know your current school isn’t giving her what she needs, but won’t moving her be too traumatic? Is it too late in the game to make this transition?
We don’t think so. In fact, we believe there are several great benefits to making this change at any point in your child's educational career.
New School, New Start
Has your child struggled in a public school environment? Often it takes a few years of trying for families to realize that the school you’ve enrolled your child in just isn't a good fit. It may feel like too big of a shift to pull your son or daughter out of public school after years of classes with the same community, but it may just be the fresh start they need. Whether the needed change is new friends, new teachers, or a new community, if your child is struggling, it may be a sign that it’s time to invest in private education.
Friends Who Are Positive Influences
A lot of good kids get in trouble during their younger years because they are surrounded by the wrong kind of friends. During the middle school years, the power of peer pressure begins to rise and even the best kids can find themselves making bad choices. Transitioning your child from public to private education is a great way to reset their friend circle. That’s not to say that there aren’t good kids in public schools, obviously, there are. But a great benefit of private schools is that our small classrooms and low student to teacher ratio create a lot of opportunity for accountability with teachers. Kids with behavioral problems don't just slide through cracks or go unnoticed as they might in bigger schools.
Develop Good Classroom Habits
Just as your children can slip through the cracks and into unhealthy friend groups, many parents are also concerned about their children's level of focus and participation in school. Even in classes with the most engaged and caring teachers, it’s easy for students to feel unseen in a large classroom. If your child is in a public school classroom and isn’t paying attention, isn't turning in homework, or is just struggling in a subject they wouldn't normally, it may be time to make the transition to private school.
Once your child has attended school with the same peer group throughout elementary and into middle school, it may feel like it’s too late to make the transition to a private education. We totally disagree. It’s never too late to make the right educational choice for your children. If your student isn’t thriving in public school and you’d like to learn more about a St. Barnabas education, contact us today. We’d be happy to take you on a tour of campus.