"Trust in the Lord with your whole heart and lean not on your own understanding..." - Proverbs 3:5
The transition from staying at home with mom or dad, to spending the day in a kindergarten classroom is a huge adjustment for many children. In addition to leaving the comfort of home, children are confronted with a large group of new people, in a new scenario, with new rules, and new activities. That’s a lot for a young child to adjust to.
Sleep is an important part of anyone’s day. It’s the only time when a person’s body and mind truly regenerates, and when your student doesn’t get enough it can have a big impact on their day. This is particularly true of teens who, after a long day of school, aren’t always ready for bed as early as they should be. Regardless of age, it’s important for your student to create healthy sleeping habits as it’s easier than trying to change unhealthy ones later.
Carol Dweck’s research on Growth Mindset has been around for decades, and her book on the topic is nearly ten years old. However, it is just in the last few years that this concept has really begun to take off and become ingrained within school cultures. This powerful concept can have a huge impact on your student’s perception of themselves and their abilities, so it’s important to understand how you can foster and support this mindset.
After giving the public school system a try, some parents decide that a private school is a better fit for their child.
To help this transition go as smoothly as possible, here are a few things that you can expect to find when your child switches from a public to a private school:
1. Smaller classroom size.
One of the driving factors that motivates parents to choose a private education for their children is the smaller classroom size private schools typically offer.
If you're wanting to give your child a private education but are hesitant to do so given the stereotypical high costs, think again. We recently wrote a blog post about this very subject that explains how a private education can actually be the more cost-effective path for your family in the long run.
For most parents, cost does play a role in deciding which private school to send your child to. If you're currently considering your options for a private education in Central Florida, you've likely already made yourself familiar with the tuition and other costs associated with enrollment at these schools.
While some parents are certain that they want to give their children a private education, they choose to wait to do so until the high school years. Perhaps their motivation behind this is that they consider high school to be the "important years" and that the extra pressure of being in a class with high achievers will motivate their children to succeed academically.
If you're a parent considering a private education for your child, you can find a plethora of information about schools simply by visiting their websites and reading through admissions materials. However, nothing can be more valuable during this process than physically visiting the school and the personal interactions that you have with the teachers, students, and parents of the school.
To help ensure that you are choosing the right school to give your child the best private education possible, we recommend walking through this checklist as you tour the school:
Each year the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is mandated to release a report on the state of education in the United States. The latest report was just released on May 26th and offered several eye-catching findings in regards to the private education sector.
The Connection Between Private Schools and Academic Achievement
Another key takeaway from this annual report is the direct correlation between private education and academic achievement. According to the report, a higher percentage (85 percent) of private school students had taken more advanced mathematics classes such as Algebra II and Trigonometry than students enrolled in public schools. The same could be said for science classes as private school students were more likely to have taken at least one credit in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics than public school students.
One of the most common objections to a private education is the cost. However, if you really take a deep look at the costs of both public and private education--yes, there is a cost to public education--you may find that it's more cost-effective in the long run to choose the private route.
Here are some reasons why private education may end up being a better choice for your wallet:
Taxes and home prices are higher when you live in an area with strong public schools.
If you choose to live in a community that is known for having some of the best public schools in the area, you'll not only pay a premium price for your home, but your taxes to support the public school system will be higher too. According to Trulia, homes located in the best school districts can actually cost twice the national average per square foot.
If you've made the decision that you want a private education for your child, you'll quickly see that you have a lot of options to choose from. While this can be overwhelming, one of the most effective ways to choose the right school for your child is to understand which characteristics make for a good private school.
Here are some important qualities that you would want to see in any private school that you would send your child to:
Smaller Classroom Size
Due to the overcrowding issues that Volusia County schools have experienced in recent years, many parents are choosing the private education route so their children can learn in a smaller classroom size. A reduced class size is especially important during the early years of your child's education because it allows for more opportunity for personal attention and additional help from teachers if necessary.
St. Barnabas Episcopal School is an accredited private school located in DeLand, Florida.