Non-parochial schools aside, approximately 95% of private high school graduates continue on to four-year colleges. Only 49% of public high school graduates can say the same.
Which way will your kid go?
Choosing the best educational path can make all the difference to your child’s future, and it’s important to weigh your options carefully. Here are some facts to consider.
1. Is Your Kid Easily Bored?
21% of teachers in public schools cite apathetic students as a school issue, while for private schools, this figure drops to 4%. Take this into consideration if you have a kid who thrives on the mental stimulation and excitement of a challenge, or one who is easily distracted or bored.
2. Is Your Kid On Their Way Or In Need Of Direction?
For parents of highly motivated, goal-oriented kids who know where they’re headed, college-focused guidance can help them get there. Private high school counselors report spending roughly 55% of their time doing counseling that is college-related. However, counselors in public high schools say that approximately 22% of their time is spent on counseling that’s college-related. This is also pertinent for those students trying to choose the path that’s right for them. The extra time spent discussing college with a guidance counselor can help them determine the best action plan for them.
3. Is Your Kid Counting On High SAT Scores?
If the answer is “Yes”, (and what kid would say “No”?), be aware of the fact that for private schools, the national average SAT score is about 1235, compared to a national average score of 1060 for all schools. This, along with other factors, makes the difference between a student being accepted into the college of their dreams or not.
Choosing the best high school for your kid is a big decision. Take your time and consider all your options carefully. Do your homework (yes, adults still have to do their homework) and research the best schools in your area. Look into schools and summer camps that specialize in your child’s particular area of interest. Knowledge is power, and when you’re armed with the facts, you and your kid can make an informed choice that will set them up for success.