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    Default Soin off: whats the difference between public and private schools?

    ive only ever gone to public.

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    In my kids private schools case, the benefit is our kids will socialise with students who have like minded parents that have put considerable thought into their child's upbringing and education. The teachers attracted to the school have additional training and are almost always fantastic educators with a real passion for educational philosophy.

    I was educated in four different styles of schools. Steiner, Main******, Kura Kaupapa and Catholic. With the Steiner and Kura Kaupapa what I've posted above was certainly true.
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    We are catholic and so it was of high importance for ds to go to a catholic school. They have mass Through the week. I'm sure it's not the case with all schools but there is a catholic school and a public school in our town, the catholic school grounds are cleaner, the school in general is much nicer, and the teachers at the catholic school are older which we preferred and the turnover of staff is very low whereas most of the teachers are young at the public school with a higher staff turnover. The catholic school goes from kindy to year 7 whereas the public school goes from kindy to year 10 which we didn't like the idea of. We like that uniform is compulsory at ds's school too and they have a bus run which is convenient.

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    Yes absolutely! , I went to a private school for 12 years, and my nieces go there now, the middle child didn't start in kindy like her sister so we saw the difference for the first 3 years she went to a public school, obviously the private school was totally different as in it was much bigger, more modern, had an aquatic centre, gym, tennis courts, drama theatre etc ( the public school didn't even have swings!) the attitude and approachability of the teachers were the first thing that stood out, ( the teachers at the public school were lovely though but didn't seem as professional if that makes sense?) the reporting systems and admin were like chalk and cheese, the subjects offered were different. ( the private school had special music and art teachers for kindy) but the main thing we noticed was the discipline, the attitude towards homework and there just seemed to be a lot more emphasis on learning , when they changed her to the private school in 3rd class she had to catch up as there were things they had done in 2nd class that she hadn't
    My DH had public schooling all his life and hated it, he blames the school ( really its him, his parents and the school!) as he wished he went to Uni but felt he was never pushed or encouraged to at his school which is why he is so adamant in sending DS to a private school , if he chooses not to go to Uni that's his choice but we want him to have the best chance and choices available to him!
    All of my friends are sending/have sent their kids to private high schools for the same reasons

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    I moved around a lot in school (my dad was in the mining business) I went to 14 schools all up and 3 high schools.
    Some were private some were public.
    I found the private schools to me personally felt like a much safer environment, I was bullied a bit in school because I have a lisp. I found at private schools teachers were harsher and very quick when it came to any bullying.
    I also seemed not to struggle as much in private schools academic wise.

    Due to these reasons we are sending our children to private schools.

    It's just something I would feel more comfortable with due to my own experiences.

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    In my area, private schools have better discipline and a wider subject choice, especially in the sciences.

    Our kids are in the public system for now, but we might go private for high school depending on what subjects the kids are interested in.
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    My private high school had really small class sizes, offered subjects no matter how many students elected a unit (there was only one girl doing Latin, for example), a fantastic school sports program (it was compulsory to do 2 Saturday sports a year) and music program, wide subject choices and the teachers were all really passionate about what they taught and all went above and beyond the call of duty.

    I had the most incredible Geography teacher who really honed in on every students strengths and weaknesses and taught accordingly. He ran small study groups 3 days a week for the month leading up to the HSC exam and he wasn't the only teacher. He also bought tickets to go to a convention on climate change with Erin Brockovich and took me and 2 of my class mates, out of his own pocket.

    My English teacher gave us the address of her holiday property so we could mail her essays in the holidays before the HSC and she'd mark them and send them back to us by express post...it was just little things like that that made me feel very supported at school.

    I also had a great rapport with my teachers and worked hard so it'd reflect well on them too.

    However as much as I loved school, DP went to a public high school and reports all of the above so I don't know. I think it's equal parts school, student and parent involvement to be honest.

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    We looked at one private school and the main differences were it was catholic (which appeals to DH who is catholic and went to all catholic schools) and it was small. The good public schools near me are all huge (6-700 students) whereas the private school is around 250 students - that appeals to me. The teachers seem happier and the school seems 'nicer', it has better facilities etc.
    I went to public school (a really crappy one) and don't want that for my kids, DH went to all private schools and he did get a better education and had nicer experiences.
    Tbh i actually prefer a really good public school not too far from us but it is just out of my zone and very hard to get into the private school is the second best imo (and has offered us a place) but the costs are a concern - do i think it is worth the money? not sure tbh but i don't feel good about sending my girls to the local primary school, which is not a nice school at all, i do feel they would be much better off at the private school since it's so hard to get a place in the decent public schools.

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    The cost! And the associated stigma- people think there getting/providing a better education when they're paying more for it. Not the case.

    Really, the difference is in the school itself not the cost. You can get good public schools and bad private schools and vice versa.

    The question of whether it is worth the money depends on what your giving up I suppose. We'd be giving up holidays which I actually think is really important- esp when both (or in my case- only) parent works. This is for primary school- I would be willing to give up holidays to pay for a better high school education but I'd seek out good public schools first so we could enjoy the best of both worlds.
    I also think parent involvement can carry a much greater weight than paying for a better school.
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    Difference can completely depend on the school. There are some great public schools and some awful private schools. The combination of principal, teachers, parents an children really make a school what it is.

    DD goes to a private, independent school (Montessori) which has a different way of learning to main****** school and it has really helped her.


 

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