Are you a parent of a preschool-aged child? If so, you have probably been thinking about whether or not to send your child to a preschool — and if so, which one? Preschools can be an important step towards future success for your child, which is why it’s important to choose the right one. Here are the top seven benefits of private school education for your preschooler.
- Classroom size
If you’re looking for a school with small classrooms and more opportunity for individualized education, private schools are the best option. The average private school classroom has 12.5 students per teacher; the average public school classroom has 15.4 students per teacher. The lower ratio helps to guarantee that your child will have more attention from their teacher to help with areas they may be struggling in, or encouragement to strengthen skills they already possess.
- School size
Do you think your child would feel overwhelmed and anxious by going to a large school? This would likely not be a concern at a private school. 86% of private schools have less than 300 enrolled students. This creates a more manageable, comfortable environment for your preschool student to look forward to going to.
- Teacher Dedication
While teachers at any school are to be commended, teachers at private schools have been found to be particularly dedicated to the school and the success of its students. A 2007 study completed by the Fraser Institute found that 91% of surveyed parents reported that the dedication of the teachers was the main reason they chose private school education for their children.
- School Safety
In the same Fraser Institute study reference above, about 72% of parents surveyed who had children in a private school strongly agreed that their child’s school was safe. With all of the concerning incidents of violence in public schools today, private schools offer a more controlled, safer educational option.
- Academic Performance
Perhaps because of all of the reasons discussed above, children in private schools tend to perform better academically. Children who attend preschool do 21% better on math and reading tests in kindergarten than other children who do not attend.
It was found in a review of three different studies that 80% of children who participated in preschool programs academically outperformed their fellow peers who were not participants in high-quality early care and education programs.
- Future Educational Success
Even though your preschool aged child is still quite young, it’s never too early to help them prepare for future success. Enrolling them in private schools throughout their educational years can help do just that. For example, statistics from 2010 found that 98% of 12-graders enrolled in private schools by about October 1st had successfully graduated by the fall of 2011. Additionally, according to data from the National Center for Education Statistics, little more than half (57% of public high school graduates apply to college. In comparison, 88% of private high school graduates apply to college.
- Parental Satisfaction
The biggest support your child will have as they work through school is you as their parent. When you are confident in your child’s school, you will be more equipped to support their education from a great school. It’s been found that 80% of parents with children enrolled in a private school are happy with the school’s academic standards. In regards to general school satisfaction, a survey done in the 2011-2012 school year reported that 80% parents with children enrolled in a religious private school and 82% of children in non-religious private schools reported feeling “very satisfied” with their child’s school.
It’s clear to see that private schools are the superior option for your preschool aged child. Private schools are better in the areas of classroom and school size, teacher dedication, and safety, which has a high potential to lead to excellent academic performance immediately and in the future, and ultimately high parental satisfaction. Because of all of these reasons, choosing a private preschool education is simply the best choice for your child.