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August 14, 2010

Public vs. Private School


Private School Uniform

Guest blog by Alan Murray

So does sending your kids to private school give them that extra advantage or is it all a waste of money? Do state schools provide the same quality of education? 90% of all American children attend public. Private schools in the US are exempt from most educational regulations however most follow the spirit of them.

So how much would a private school cost? The National Association of Independent Schools puts their average price at $20,000 per year but this varies across the county with many schools charging $30,000 per year. These fees are not the end of the financial burden, check to see what else you will be required to pay, for example, school books, trips and other misc fees that you may not be liable for at a state school.
What factors should parents look at when considering the benefits of the two types of schools?

Class sizes

What are the ratios of children to teacher between public and private? Normally smaller class sizes produce better education for children. This of course is not the only factor but it is an important one.


This varies from school to school and applies to both private and state schools. State schools rely on funding from one resource and these funds can vary depending on tax revenues. Private schools don’t just rely on their annual fees there are development activities and grants from organizations,

Safety at school

This can be an issue with state schools. Many private schools screen students and have much better records with regards to the health and safety of your child.


Normally private schools are going to come out on top but this may not be the case 100% of the time.  Parents should take the time to look at the facilities on offer in the private of public schools because they vary. Don’t expect private to always to have better facilities because this often is not the case. You should also be looking for facilities that suit your child.


Public school teachers are on average paid more than private school teachers – does that make them better? Benefits for public school teachers are also general higher than private schools but that can vary due to location and individual resources of that school.


Personally I think you should send your kids to state school. That is my personnel opinion and parents need to make up their own minds based upon the facts. This situation may change upon the quality of state school that my kids were going to. If the reputation of the school is low then I would advise parents to investigate the school further and then if not suitable to consider private schooling.

I think both private and state schools have individual advantages over each other. I would advise parents to look beyond just hearsay about schools and get to the facts to make their judgment on whether to go private or state school.

Author Byline

alanAlan Murray is a dad of two and writes for a baby names site. This site has more than just baby names with Pregnancy, breastfeeding, and baby health.

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  1. What a weak comparison! How about you look at standardized test scores of kids in private vs public schools? Why don’t you talk about magnet schools and other public school reforms (vouchers, specialized schools) and why they are necessary? Maybe you should talk about private schools that focus on different learning philosophies, and/or cater to different learning types?

    Perhaps you should talk more about the hiring practices of public vs private. The pay and benefits might differ (perhaps you should site some sources too!) but a private school, can and will fire a teacher who is bad. Whereas a public school teacher is typically impossible to fire unless they break the law or are so completely incompetent they become a legal liability to the school.

    Kansas City public school district has closed half of their schools, due to corruption and bad management this “state school” system has been rated one of the worst in the country. But hey, at least it’s free right? Well free if you don’t consider all the taxes you pay for it…. but you were gonna pay those anyway right?

    The moral is: do your research not all private schools are better the all public schools. If you care enough about your kids education to investigate private school, look them up, do your own diligence. “You should send your kids to State Schools.” I’d agree with that only if you append, “unless you decided you have better options at another school you can afford.”

    Comment by Wayne — September 8, 2010 @ 6:29 am

  2. I believe that private school. Would be a great option if A you don’t’ live in the greatest environment, or B The school has great qualities that the public school doesn’t offer your child. My daughter was enrolled in a private school because she had some serious substance abuse problems, I had to find a school that helped with troubled teens. I think it all depends on the needs you and your child.

    Comment by Jon T — September 12, 2010 @ 8:49 pm

  3. There are some good public schools, but most are not that great. Very few public schools can compete with private schools. The kids in private schools do way better. If you can afford it, send your kid to a private school.

    Comment by Enzo — March 2, 2011 @ 11:39 pm

  4. Well i would prefer private sector schools. I believe that they give quality education, a lot of facilities, and future security. Public schools never compete private sector schools because the main purpose of private schools are to provide quality education to the children. That’s why the parents pay a lot for the studies of their children.

    Comment by roofing company nj — January 28, 2012 @ 3:45 am

  5. Do not put you child in any public school in FLORIDA, unless you wish for them to graduate from high school with a fourth grade education.

    Comment by Lucie — June 10, 2012 @ 7:34 am

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