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.
However, if you really want to set your child up for academic success, you need to focus on the early years of your child's schooling, most specifically preK, kindergarten, first grade, and second grade.
These early years in your child's education are not just for finger painting. Instead, they pave the path for the standards and level of achievement that children will be held accountable to throughout their academic careers. Fundamental skills such as writing, reading, and numeracy that are learned in preK, kindergarten, first grade, and second grade will be the very foundation of your child's education. With all of this being said, starting private schooling early on in your child's education sets him/her up for greater success than waiting to begin your child’s private educational experience with high school.
The smaller classroom size a private school setting typically offers can allow your child to get more individualized attention from teachers while learning to think critically and build resiliency. This, in turn, will encourage your child to be more focused and engaged in the material, which will ultimately help increase comprehension and long term learning.
Being surrounded by others students with a high desire to learn can also positively impact your child to want to do his or her very best. Establishing this mindset and approach to schooling at an early age will motivate your child throughout his or her educational journey.
A challenge some parents have, particularly in the early years of their children's education, is that the public school system is constantly changing. While children may go off to public kindergarten and make good friends at school, those same friends may be re-zoned the following year to another school.
A major advantage to a private education is the stability it can provide your child. When researching private schools for your child, look for a program that begins as early as preK and extends into the elementary school and even middle school years. Many of the students that enroll in such a program are with the school for the entire span of the program's offerings. This means the friendships and connections your child makes in preK will continue on with him or her throughout the elementary, middle school, and beyond, providing a very stable and nurturing environment where students can truly be themselves.
The early years in your child's education are critical as this is the time when fundamental skills are learned, both academically and socially. This is why parents that want to give their children a solid foundation for learning choose the private school route early.
At St. Barnabas Episcopal School, we are an accredited private school that offers preK, elementary school, and middle school programs centered on faith, virtue, and excellence. Please contact us to learn more about the difference that a St. Barnabas education can offer to your child.
Our mission is to challenge each student in a supportive environment that promotes academic excellence, sound moral values, and high self-esteem within a framework of God’s love.