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Private Education. The Benefits

June 18, 2017 • Joel Dixon

The benefits of private education

Deciding to send your children to a private school is a big decision, and is a luxury that not everyone can have. Maybe you or your spouse have high work load professional lives or travel a lot with your career, so sending your children to a private school is the most feasible option, provided that money is of no concern to you. So, we will look at below some of the benefits of private education and why a lot of parents go for an independent education option.

Enriched academic opportunities

A commonly agreed benefit of private education is that these schools provide an exceptional yet challenging educational experience. They do this by providing extracurricular activities, advanced work placements, International Baccalaureate programmes (IB programme), and other gifted programs. Statistically, students of private school consistently gain top marks in standardized tests and entrance exams. With this in mind, many private schools have an almost 100 percent success rate for students reaching the university of their choice.

Smaller class sizes

Across academia, it is now widely accepted after research, that the smaller the class size the more likely the student will succeed in that subject. While private schools do vary in size, most of them all tend to focus on small class sizes as being crucially important. This helps students’ weaknesses and also works on their strengths.

A community environment

A high degree of students and parents a like agree that their school environment and community is motivating, supports them and nurtures talent. Many alumni of private schools stay friends for life, long past their graduation. A communal pride, along with rich job prospects and networking upon entering the workplace can be attributed back to the community environment.

Resources are ample

In the private school system, you can find outstanding resources at your disposal in support of student learning not just in the classroom, but also on the sports field, in the art studio and in other specialist areas. These rich resources and extracurricular activities give students opportunities to fully explore and develop their gifts and talents.

Extracurricular activities

Obviously, excellent academia remains the number one priority in most of the private schools, but many of them also hold in high regard, a more holistic education experience, encouraging students to participate in extracurriculars like sports, arts, music and specialist hobbies or clubs. IT is believed that these extracurricular activities help to stimulate students in their academic efforts by giving them a balance between good mental stimulation, physical exercise and expression of the soul through art and music. The demands of the academic life can be tough on the body and mind, so students who have other things to do besides studying and reading etc find themselves in a better mental place while also gaining much needed social skills and life skills that they can take with them beyond the class room or exam centre.

Is this for you?

So do you think your child might like the notion of private education?

Have a good discussion about the pros and cons and if you can afford it, you might be regretting not doing it later on in life.

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