When it comes to education for their kids, parents today have many choices. There is public schooling which, depending on the school can be a worthy choice, but chances are it will provide an uneven education, and with the constantly shifting state of public school budgets, you can never tell whether the quality will be maintained. There are many charter schools which seek to bridge the gap between public and private schools. These can offer a better education option than public schools, but the best ones are overcrowded with long waiting lists. There is homeschooling which can provide an excellent education for your child and also create significant bonding between the student and parent. But the parent needs to have the time and focus on committing to a rigorous five or more days per week teaching schedule and allow additional time to make sure the child interacts with peers.
The remaining option is, of course, private schools which provide the highest quality education for young people. Private schools have the best teachers and offer an environment specifically attuned to learning. At the top end of private schools are private boarding schools which do the very best job as student education. Year in and out, the top students across the country graduate from private boarding schools.
The cost of boarding school along with their sometimes stringent entrance criteria can rule out this option for many parents. But most offer scholarships to the right students, that can cover the vast majority of the expense, and they will often look at other areas where students excel in addition to academics when judging applicants. Being able to access these scholarships make choosing a boarding school a no-brainer, particularly when you consider some of the benefits that private boarding schools provide:
One of the primary reasons boarding schools are so expensive is that they hire the best teachers around. The very top educators work at boarding schools and will be teaching your students in all subjects. These teachers bring extensive credentials in their fields and offer vast experience and knowledge teaching students successfully. For this reason, these teachers can demand top salaries. They set up shop at boarding schools because they know that they will be sufficiently compensated when they do. So you can rest assured that your child will have a set of great teachers when you choose a boarding school.
Small Class Sizes
The amount of attention a teacher can dedicate to an individual student will directly affect that student’s education. This has been proven over time, and as a result, boarding schools have some of the lowest teacher to student ratios around. In fact, where many private schools brag about a 25 to 1 student to teacher ratio, all good boarding schools have less than a 10 to 1 ratio, and many have less than five students for every teacher. This means a lot of direct attention for students and the teacher can give individual focus on any learning issues that may be prevalent. There is also a guarantee of a focus on learning in the classroom. Students in large classes sometimes find it easy to fall through the cracks, slip by or get into groups with the wrong types of students, but with such small class sizes, this is just not possible at a boarding school.
Choosing how and where to educate your child is undoubtedly one of the most important decisions you will ever make. These developmental years are perhaps your child’s most important, so the significance of getting things right regarding their schooling cannot be overstated.