As parents, you want to set your children up for success, and a big part of this is giving careful consideration to your child's educational path.
Some parents have decided that a private education is the key to a well-rounded academic experience. But what motivates parents to choose a private education for their children?
A recent study completed by the Friedman Foundation of Educational Choice revealed some interesting data as to why parents choose to send their children to private school. And while we hear so much hype in the news about standardized test scores, this had little impact on why these parents chose to go the private school route for their children.
According to the study, the driving reasons why parents choose to send their children to private schools is for a "better learning environment" (85 percent) and "better education" (81.3 percent).
Other important motivating factors for parents to choose a private education included "smaller class sizes" (80.5 percent) and "more individual attention for my child" (76.4 percent). It's especially important to consider the positive impact that a smaller class size could have on children early on in their education. Having more one-on-one interaction with a teacher could really help your child to understand key concepts, improve his or her ability to focus, and develop a passion for learning that will be beneficial for years to come.
Giving children a "religious education" was considered an important reason to go the private education route for 64.1 percent of parents surveyed. These parents feel that in order to give their children a well-rounded education, they need a school that also instills strong moral values within a framework of God's love.
When moving down the list of other top reasons why parents are choosing a private education for their children, 62.9 percent said "better preparation for college," 61.7 percent said "better student discipline," and 52.9 percent "improved school safety."
If you would like to see a full analysis as to why parents are choosing to give their children a private education, you can download this data from the Friedman Foundation of Educational Choice website.
If you're currently early on in the stage of considering sending your child to a private school, what are the factors that are motivating you to go this direction?
We invite you to contact us at St. Barnabas Episcopal School to learn more about the benefits of our private school and how they can positively impact your child throughout his or her academic career and beyond.
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.