When choosing a school for your child, there are numerous factors to take into account. Obviously, the decision should be based on what is best for the particular child and your family, so there is no right or wrong answer.
Family values and learning preferences are significant factors in that decision-making process. Other important factors are curriculum, class size, resources, and student behavior. Not to mention academic opportunities and ease of entry. Of course, since private schools are not subsidized by the taxes you pay, financial considerations certainly factor into your decision.
You can learn about the differences between private schools and public schools in the following article to assist you in making this crucial decision. We are aware of the significance of this choice, and the need to carefully consider all available options.
What You Need to Know About the Differences Between Private and Public School
1. Family Values
A private school is frequently chosen by parents based on shared ideals and convictions. An example of this is the core values of Emmanuel Lutheran School:
- Scripture Alone – God’s revelation of Himself, through the inerrant Word of His Law and Gospel in the Bible, to His most loved creation-man.
- Grace Alone – Only by the empowering grace of God can we hope to approach and understand our Creator. His greatest evidence of grace to us is found in His Son, Jesus Christ.
- Faith Alone – Having begun to see the greatness of God’s love for us as understood in His Word through the gracious intention of His will, our faithful response comes in areas such as:
- Our belief in the saving death and resurrection of Jesus Christ
- Our realization of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit
- Our foundation that life is of God and, as such, is always precious
- Our worship of God is active through both corporate fellowship and daily devotions and prayer, and our giving back to God with all that we have and do
- Our relationships with each other are extensions of God’s love
- Our excitement over His love for us compels us to make disciples of all
- Our integrity is seen in every one of our actions
Private schools are not subject to government regulation, so they are free to choose the educational curriculum they believe is best. Since the government oversees public schools, parents and educators have no influence over the curriculum taught. However, since the curriculum is uniform in public schools, students who need to transfer schools will most likely have an easier transition academically.
3. Ease of Entry
All children are invited to enroll in public schools regardless of academic standing, religious affiliation, or developmental stage because there is no application process. Private schools have an application process, and many have waiting lists, so there is a potential that your child won't be able to get in.
4. Class Size
Private schools tend to have smaller classes because most private schools cap the number of students in each class. This is so that teachers can provide individualized instruction and give more attention to each student. Due to the shared values and respected contribution, private school teachers are often happier and more passionate about teaching.
Some students may do well with a larger student population and may thrive in larger classrooms like that of public schools; however, some students can become lost in the crowd in large classes. Due to the overcrowding in public schools, teachers do not have enough time to provide specialized instruction, which increases the likelihood that your gifted or struggling student may fall behind.
5. Academic Opportunities
One of the main differences between private schools and public schools is the increased academic challenge in private schools. The graduation requirements for private schools are frequently substantially greater than those of public schools. Due to their ability to be selective in who they accept, private schools frequently enroll children who are more driven to succeed academically.
6. Financial Considerations
One of the main differences between private school and public school is the financial aspect. Public school is technically free due to public taxes everyone pays. Your taxes cover the cost of all things necessary to receive a public education, such as textbooks, transportation, before and after-school care, and even the option of free or reduced meals.
Private school student tuition can be costly. Tuition assistance programs and payment plans are available through most private schools to help families cover the cost of tuition.
Since public school funding is determined by the area in which it is located, many public schools are underfunded, depriving teachers and children of the tools they need to succeed.
Private schools tend to have access to resources for updated textbooks and new supplies since they are privately funded and do not have to depend on the government.
8. Student Behavior
Private schools are able to choose students who are highly motivated since they typically have selective entrance standards. Many students in private schools are eager to learn, so your child will be surrounded by peers who value academic success.
Concerns about school safety and behavioral issues are also less frequent in the private school setting, since private schools have more discretion over which students they accept.
Emmanuel Lutheran School
Both public and private schools will provide your child with wonderful possibilities for learning and growth. It only takes a little research, lots of questions, and finding the right match to select the school that best fits your child, your family, and your educational aspirations.
If you believe private school is the way to go for your family; please reach out to us. We would love to answer any questions you may have to ensure Emmanuel Luthern is the best fit for you and your child. Feel free to contact us today for additional information about our private Christian school.