Advantages of Choosing a Private School Over a Public School

Advantages of Choosing a Private School over a Public School

There are several distinctions and advantages between public and private schools. It’s an age-old debate for parents who can afford to send their children to private school.

Parents considering private education must assess if the benefits outweigh the high expense. Calculating the real cost of education, on the other hand, was made more difficult by tax laws that may change under the incoming administration.

There are also religious and cultural issues to consider. For some parents, the perceived benefits of faith-based education outweigh the cost differences between public and private schools.

Here are some of the advantages of choosing private schools over public schools today:

1.   Size of the Class

In public schools, students typically outnumber instructors. While this may not upset some children or their parents, most children find themselves acting in a certain way to impress their teacher and peers. Children require positive reinforcement and individualized attention in order to flourish, not simply survive, in school.

Smaller class sizes, more individual attention, and a better knowledge of each child’s learning style are all advantages of attending a private school. It allows the instructor to customize courses to the student’s needs.

2.   A Higher Standard of Ethics or Conduct

Although no private school is perfect, aside from state standards on conduct and behavior, private schools, especially faith-based ones, have another code of conduct on top of what’s expected from public school systems.

While student disagreements and issues will always exist in any kind of school, private schools attempt to resolve it early on by teaching kids respect for each other and their instructors. There are higher standards of behavior that must be maintained, starting with the basics such as wearing of uniform to signify everyone is on equal footing.

Values education is also a priority in private schools, including imparting vital family values that help reinforce what parents are already teaching their children at home.

3.   Peer Environment

The nation’s 34,576 private schools allow parents to choose their child’s classmates. The peer environment in private schools is often more favorable. Private schools can screen students and customize their programs to the sort of child they wish to enroll.

Moreover, children from more affluent backgrounds go because their parents are able to pay. This makes private schools more accountable to vet students that want acceptance in their schools. It is unlike public schools, which cannot refuse admission, except for certain charter schools,

4.   Testing Scores

Recent data indicates that private school graduates scored 4 points better on the ACT. According to the NCES, a similar difference exists across primary and middle schools. In Math, private school students scored 18 points higher in Grade Level 8, and 8 points higher in Grade Level 4.

Overall, private schools outperform public schools by 15 points in fourth grade, and by 18 points in eighth grade.

5.   Faith-Based Affiliation

There are 34,576 private schools educating 5.7 million students in the US. Private schools account for 25 percent of all schools and 10 percent of all PK-12 pupils.

Out of this number, there are 34,576 Catholic private schools, 814 Accelerated Christian Education schools, and 765 private schools accredited by the American Association of Christian Schools. In total, these account for 78 percent of private schools.

Interestingly, even non-Catholic students are going for Catholic education and other faith-based private schools because of the quality of education they can get. This number continues to increase today.

6.   Success in Lifelong Learning

Private schools provide more security for college preparation due to lower class numbers and more personalized attention. Private school students outperform their public school classmates on the SATs, and they are more likely than their public school contemporaries to attend college.

When students feel supported by their instructors and peers they are more motivated for lifelong learning and approach the college application process with confidence. Private schools can also provide tutoring and college preparation services, which can help pupils through a difficult and stressful period.


Everyone wants their children to be successful in life, and the first step is getting them into the best educational setting they can afford.  Getting the most out of your education depends on several factors. Consider public schooling if you have access to good public schools with low teacher-to-student ratios.

But if you want more focused attention on your child, and higher standards and environment for learning, you may want to consider private schools, especially if you are financially able to go for this option.  The objective is to develop lifelong learners who can think independently and solve problems for their community in the future. At St. Aloysius Regional School, your child can get Catholic education focused on academic excellence. We are the only school in the area to provide an integrated STEM program, and the only Montessori Pre-Kindergarten in the Springville, Gowanda, North Collins, Cattaraugus-Little Valley, Ellicottville, West Valley, Pioneer, Holland, and Eden school districts. As a STREAM school, we also provide religious teaching and have a  strong history of promoting virtues and good character among our pupils. For further information, contact us today!