Unlike private schools, charter school students are required to take the same state-mandated standardized tests as public schools in order to be promoted from grade to grade. In private schools, we believe that not every student fits into a standard category and that tests like these don’t do a sufficient job of capturing a students’ success in their education.
Charter schools are frequently referred to as “schools of choice,” which is not untrue. For many students, the choice between public and charter schools is a valuable one. However, the original schools of choice, private schools, have for many decades been allowing students and their families the choice opt into a high-quality education with small classrooms and a commitment to educating the whole student: mind, body, and spirit. Plus, private schools generally offer scholarships which ensure socioeconomic diversity and provide excellent educational opportunities to students whether they can afford it or not.
We hope this shines a light on the differences between private and charter schools. Not to spurn the value of charter schools but to help families make informed decisions about the type of educational system that would work best for their children. All children are different and varying school options means there are more opportunities for families to find the right school that will make their children successful. If you’d like to learn more about St. Barnabas’ many student success stories, and about how your whole family may find a place in the St. Barnabas community, contact us today.