Differences in Private and Public School
The difference in cost is a very shocking difference between the two. Public schools on one hand cannot charge tuition. They are funded completely through federal, state, and local taxes. Private schools on the other hand charge tuition, and use fund-raising, donations and private grants to function. The Digest of Education Statistics 2005 from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) reports that for the 1999-2000 school year, the average private school tuition was about $4,700. One must remember however, although there is a cost for private schools you are paying for a more focused education that is specially picked especially for your child.
Admissions is also a difference in private and public schools. By law public schools must admit all children. In order to enroll your child you must fill out necessary paperwork. As a result of public schools educating all children, there are inevitably a vast range of learning levels which causes less specified attention for every student. In Private schools admission is selective and often very competitive. Private schools are often looking for a particular kind of student whether it is an underprivileged child or one that has high academic potential to meet the mission of that school.
Governance is also a comparative factor between private and public schools. Public schools must follow federal, state, and local laws in the education of their students. Such laws control specifics such as; funding, program development, and curriculum. As an advantage of being independently funded, private schools are governed completely internally. This factor gives private schools special freedom in designing curriculum and instruction that relates to their particular mission.
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