One of the biggest decisions when choosing a new college is whether to attend a private school or a traditional public institution. While the financial aspect of going to an academic institution is often the deciding factor for most prospective students, there are other benefits to attending a private school as well. In this article, we will take a look at these other benefits and weigh them against the financial benefits.
In general, a private school is more affordable. She estimates that at least fifty percent of the Grade 12 students in her current public school cohort took more than one class at private schools, paying from several hundred dollars up to several thousand dollars for private school tuition on top of other costs like books, transportation, and food. While the financial cost of attending a private school is obviously much lower than the average college costs, there are many advantages to attending a private school as well. Students who go to a private school have a better chance of landing a college degree. They tend to score higher on standardized test scores, are more likely to be accepted to and complete college, and are more successful academically.
While students who attend night school programs have a slightly lower chance of obtaining a degree, the advantage is usually not enough to outweigh the lower costs. In general, students who attend night school programs are better prepared for college work, which translates to them being more successful and having a higher chance of being accepted to a college. Some schools even offer accelerated programs that allow students who can attend night school programs and still take some classes during the day.
Another benefit to attending night school programs is the opportunity to attend summer school. Many students who go to night schools find themselves in a position where they need a few years of extra academic training to prepare for the rigors of college classes. Many students who attend summer courses in a private school are also able to spend time working or spending time with their family. This allows the student to develop a more relaxed lifestyle, which is a definite plus for students who are used to the pressure of college-life. In addition, summer school also allows students to be around people who are similar to them and can give them guidance in the academic area, helping them focus their attention in a specific area.
Private school students also have a chance to learn more about the history of the institution and the culture of their community. Many times, a private school may have a long-standing association with a historic organization, such as the Rotary Club or Rotary International. While students in public schools are often surrounded by classmates who are members of that group, the interaction within the organization of the community may be more varied in a private school environment. The students in a private school environment are also more likely to learn about the traditions of the society in which they live. Many students will attend night school programs to increase their chances of making new friends and meeting new people.
For many students, going to a private school is the better option because of the educational opportunities that are offered. While students at a public institution are faced with a high price tag and a crowded schedule, going to private school affords students more flexibility. There is a smaller group of students who share the same goals, and if they are able to attend the same school, have access to the same resources and be part of a similar community, their academic success is likely to be far greater.