Making the Switch: Why Some Parents are Choosing Private School

Though many parents feel that the decision regarding which school their children will attend is largely out of their hands, others will uproot and move their entire household in order to live in a specific school district. Why would they do this? Because parents want the absolute best for their children, especially when it comes to the education that will help to set them up for their future, and some public schools have excellent reputations. However, some parents are looking for even more than what the best public schools have to offer. In fact, more and more parents today are considering private schools in Florida–and for very good reason.

The Benefits of Florida Private School

While acknowledging that there are some unique public schools that work hard to deliver an excellent educational experience to their students, there are some benefits of private school that are simply unavailable in public school, such as:

Stability – Public school districts and plans can change constantly from year to year and even during a single year. This can understandably be quite frustrating for parents who moved within a specific district in order to have their children enrolled in a specific school, only to have redistricting shift their children to a different school. It can also be frustrating for parents who want to be closely involved in their child’s education and school activities, and who watch beautiful plans get altered or entirely scrapped. Private schools provide a stability that is highly rewarding as both students and parents become closely involved with the school and with the creation and realization of various plans and programs.

Unique curriculum – Public school curricula are governed by state educational regulations, which means that individual schools don’t have a lot of room to be creative in teaching a variety of subjects and skills, including valuable life skills. Private schools, however, are not bound by such rules and regulations, and their unique curriculums are often designed to help students gain all the academic and non-academic skills they will need to truly succeed in the future.

Small class sizes – Public school class sizes are routinely above the point where teachers can spend valuable one-on-one time with their students, addressing weaknesses and stabilizing strengths. Unfortunately, this means that students who are really struggling in school can effectively “hide” behind more able classmates, drifting forward through their education without truly receiving what they will need in order to be successful in their future. Private school class sizes are routinely much smaller than public school classes, allowing teachers to work with each student to stabilize their strengths and address their weaknesses. This means that no student will go unnoticed.

Challenging studies – State regulations that govern most private school curricula can result in a course of study that some students may find pedantic and boring. Without challenge they aren’t pushed to figure their way out of problems, which in itself can be a valuable life lesson. Private schools tend to focus more on delivering to each individual student, which means that they can create more challenging courses of study for those students who will benefit from them.

Testing for understanding – Many public schools run tests in order to prove that their students have achieved and maintained a state mandated average in certain subjects. Private schools, on the other hand, tend to use tests in order to determine how well students understand subjects, so that weaknesses can be addressed and handled as needed.

These are just a few of the more common benefits of private schools, but is by no means a conclusive list. The mission statement of a private school can provide further insight into how that school functions and what its main focus is.

Delphi Florida is one of the top private schools in Florida, with a unique curriculum, small class sizes, valuable life skills courses and much more. To learn more about the benefits of a Delphi education, contact us today.