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Should I Choose Public or Private School for My Child?: A Few Things to Consider

Updated on April 13, 2019
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Daniel Merrier is an educational writer with first-hand experience in early childhood education.

There are many benefits to both public and private schools.
There are many benefits to both public and private schools. | Source

When deciding on a school for your child, the options can seem daunting. However, educational institutions can be boiled down into two categories: public and independent. Public schools are those funded by the government, and independent schools are run through private funding, either directly from tuition or from various organizations. Even though public schools may be the most popular choice, the educational route for your child depends largely on their needs as a student and your needs as a family. Here are just a few of the many things to consider when deciding to choose a public or independent school for your child.

Faith can be an important denominator on your school choice.
Faith can be an important denominator on your school choice. | Source


For many families, their religious faith is the foundation of their lives. Since children spend a lot of their lives at school, parents may want their time their time there also to be an extension of the spiritual exposure they have at home. This makes independent schools an obvious choice because public schools are often unable to cater to the needs of students with special religious accommodations as easily as independent schools.

Instructional Methods

Some children exceed in a high-pressure, challenging, and structured environment, while others need a relaxing place to learn and grow at their own pace. While public schools often take a "one size fits all" approach to education, independent schools can alter their instructional methods to meet the needs of the students they teach. In fact, independent schools often specialize in different educational approaches, such as Montessori. In other cases, they can work exclusively with children of various learning disorders to enhance their educational experience. Take into consideration what helps your child succeed, both in and out of the classroom, when looking for a school.

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One of the biggest differences between public and private schools is the price tag. While private schools may have their advantages, not everyone is financially capable of sending their child to a private school.

Your child will also likely be offered free daily transportation.

Extra Services

Public schools are obligated by the law to provide a variety of services to students based on income level like free or reduced lunch. If your child or your family would benefit from these services, public school might be the choice for you.


Public schools generally offer a greater diversity of students and staff. Your child will more likely be exposed to other children of cultures and backgrounds different than their own.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2017 Dani Merrier


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