There has always been a long standing debate whether or not parents should send their children to public or private school. Parents argue both sides of the argument as adamantly as the healthcare problems we are facing in our country. There is no right or wrong answer. It all boils down to what your personal preferences are and which schools you are zoned for should you choose a public school. There are many factors to consider when choosing the right school for your child to attend.
At first glance, public schools are less expensive, which could be a deciding factor. Since the economy is not at its strongest, public school could be a viable option for your child. However, some parents are extremely worried about the safety of their child if they were to go to a public school. Private schools are typically safer than public schools, but that does not mean your child will be completely safe at all times. Incidents occur everywhere among most age groups of school-aged kids. It is your responsibility to do the research to see what the statistics are for the particular schools you are considering. If you find the safety among the private and public schools, you are considering has little to no variation then the money could be the deciding factor. Although public schools do not charge you tuition, you still have a few things to pay for, but they are still significantly less expensive than their private counterparts. Some parents think that if they are paying taxes that go to these schools, they should be able to take full advantage of their services.
If your child has special needs, this is another factor you must look into among the schools you are deciding upon. Some private schools are not as well-versed as public schools in the area and vice-versa. Knowing exactly what kind of attention your special needs child will receive is a very big deal!
The curriculum for public and private schools can differ greatly. Public schools are funded by the state, so they have certain guidelines pertaining to their curriculum they must follow. Their teachers are also state certified. Private schools do not have to follow such guidelines because they do not receive any funding from the state and rely on tuition and donations from parents of their students. This could mean the standard for their school is set higher or lower than their public counterparts.