The debate of enrolling your child in a public school vs. a private school is one that has gone on for ages and will continue to do so. It can be daunting for you, as parents and guardians who want to choose a school that will be challenging and rewarding, will shape your child's character and most importantly, prepare them for life outside of school.
Selecting a school that is right for your child can be a challenge many parents face.
Do private schools offer a better education?
Will my child fall behind in a classroom with a lot of students?
What school will fit with my child's academic, social and emotional needs?
What type of student is my child?
Is a private school education worth the financial investment?
If you're nodding your head to these questions, you're not alone.
The environment of a school will determine if your child will succeed. Make a list of his/her specific needs, strengths, weaknesses and personality. Making note of his/her interests and talents will also help in evaluating a private or a public school.
Other factors to consider are the mission, values and teaching philosophies of the school. Do they align with you and your family?
To get acquainted with a potential school, scheduling a tour with the admissions department is highly recommended. As a parent, you will have the opportunity to view the school grounds, observe the current students and teachers and get a feel for the environment. At The Branch School, our Admissions Department recommends spending a half or full day as a student so they can experience it on their own. Doing so will help when it comes time to make the final decision.
With various options available, from private to public, boarding schools and charter schools, selecting the right school for your child can be overwhelming. Here are the reasons why choosing a private school education for your child will not only offer a unique experience but also set them up to succeed in a dynamic world.
Advanced Academic Opportunities
A private school education is an extraordinary experience for your child to develop critical thinking and problem solving in an individualized learning environment. As a student at The Branch School, your child will be taught the necessary skills to develop as a whole person in a complex world.
The enriched academic opportunities include a STEAM-focused curriculum, character education, nature studies and language communication. While academics are a priority, The Branch School cultivates involvement in extracurricular activities, including but not limited to, select sports, engineering and the arts. Participation in such activities promotes creativity and inspires students to excel not only in their studies but also social situations. An integrated curriculum with project-based learning is a foundation for real-world challenges in the workplace and beyond.
In an accredited school, teachers have numerous opportunities for professional development, including participating in leadership institutes or day-long conferences. The information learned is valuable to their students and is applied in the classroom.
The Branch School has a reputation of maintaining a respectful, safe and nurturing environment. The administration, staff and teachers are dedicated and talented professionals who support students to learn and lead through project-based and collaborative learning opportunities. Our educators are devoted to assisting your child to accomplish their goals and improve performance in a reliable and caring way.
Low Student-Teacher Ratio
In 2002, educational researchers Bruce Biddler and David Berliner conducted a study on class size and found that the smaller the class size, the better students perform on academic achievement tests.
Private schools offer a low student-teacher ratio which promotes the necessary attention and support your child will need. According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the average class size in public schools is 25 students, where the average class size in private schools is 19 students. The student-to-teacher ratio in private schools is 12.2 students compared to 16.1 students in public schools.
At The Branch School, a low student-teacher ratio permits individualized attention, efficient observation and safe school grounds. Our focus is to create a sense of belonging through an enriching day-to-day setting for all. Teachers are able to accommodate the various learning styles when the class size is smaller, and students are able to get excited about learning when their needs are met.
Private schools are known for fostering a strong sense of community. Emily Smith, the Head of The Branch School, understands that a sense of security and safety should begin from the moment students step foot on campus. She says that having a warm, comfortable and inviting atmosphere will help your child enjoy learning and do well accordingly.
Choosing the type of school your child will attend sets the foundation. The Branch School encourages higher level learning through discovery, research and exploration.
Tours of The Branch School’s campus are available by contacting us at 713-465-0288 or visiting us online, at www.thebranchschool.org.