The right school environment during the early childhood, elementary, and middle school years can have as profound an impact on later success at a top high school or college.
The right school for a child is influenced by each family's priorities, residential district, and financial considerations. Many parents see value in investing in a young child's education, establishing an early connection between challenge and success. They seek to develop the whole child in partnership with teachers who have space, time, and flexibility to cultivate character, relationships, and resilience along with exceptional academic skills. Smaller class sizes increase individualized attention that helps a child reach his/her potential.
In many cases, parents choose private schools over top public schools due to the close-knit, family-like community available to both students and parents.
Private schools are not driven by standardized tests and state-wide minimum standards, allowing for more emphasis on writing, critical thinking, creativity, and advanced content. Many teachers are subject area experts, with backgrounds and degrees beyond education.
Private school students score better than public school peers in nearly all subjects, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress. On college admissions tests, the National Association of Independent Schools reports that private school students consistently outperform. Private school graduates also tend to be more accustomed to self-advocacy and seeking extra help when needed. They are also said to be better prepared for college-level writing and research.