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    that's just it share a book, depends on the individual schools in individual areas. Those schools sound terrible and if I lived in those areas it'd be private public school hands down.

    I know some of the private schools near me (high schools) have drug problems as the richer children have access to money so I will be doing my research thoroughly into all of the high schools to avoid things like drug issues, bullying, etc.

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    My experience of private school makes me want to send my own children to a private school, but i'm definitely not ruling public out. The only difference will be that they don't go to a Catholic one like I did. I have actually been feeling really dejected lately that I can't afford to send my boys to a nearby Montessori school, but I just can't afford to spend $10,000 per child

    I *definitely* agree that it depends on the school and the area as opposed to it being about public vs private. There are some private schools tht are shocking and some excellent public schools. The most 'prestigious' school where I grew up was riddled with drug problems (yes, you get drug problems at all high schools, the only difference was that this school chose to cover it up in an effort to maintain their elite image and it backfired). When a school is that concerned with their image, it makes you question whether their best interests are that of the child. They also had some questionable educational practices...

    Anyway - at my school, the class sizes were small - there were 360 students at my entire high school. Majority of public high schools in my town had 300+ per grade, so thousands of students overall. Consequently, the student to teacher ratios at my school were great, which meant there was a lot of individual attention paid. I think if the classes are too big, it becomes less about teaching and more about babysitting. I personally believe that a smaller class size increases student performance You can get small class sizes at public schools but it is less common.
    We also had A LOT of co-curricular activities to choose between, which was great.

    At the end of the day though, I think it depends entirely on the school! My private high school definitely had some negatives which you wouldn't have come across in a public school and the strict uniform policy was a PIA (not just for me as a rebellious teen , but for my poor parents who had to fork out money for specialised backpacks, blazers, swimming togs, hats etc. Everything had to have the logo on it ).
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    Yes, dd's school has a strict uniform policy right down to the socks which are $9 a pair. Even out of school, they have to be in full uniform or no uniform. So we can't come home, remove shoes and socks then decide to hit the shop and put thongs on. She either puts her shoes and socks back on or she changes out of her uniform.

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    Our local primary school is seen as one of the best around, but the private school DD goes to is far superior. (she went to the public school last year and swapped this year).
    Class size in public was 26 kids reception. Private 12 kids with 1.5 FTE teachers. Classroom bigger and with more facilities. Safer and more nurturing environment.

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    Oh, and the main reason we swapped DD to the private school is that she was being stifled in the public school. She was in a reception and even though she is working at a year 2 level they didn't care, didn't extend her or give her extra work. She was coming home and saying how bored she was. Now she loves school and she is working at the level she should be.

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    I believe a public school education CAN be fantastic IF you choose the right school for your child. In primary years a public school is generally all most kids need as the lessons are more generalist rather than specialist. Its when they begin to choose studies & subjects in secondary years that there is a difference.

    I used to know a family that sent one son to a private school & the other to a high school because one was academically inclined, whereas the other wanted to be a motor mechanic. He wasn't resentful of his brother being sent to a private school, he was happy that his parents sent him to the right school where they offered more hands on subjects & most kids left early to start apprenticeships!
    I also have teenage relatives that go to a public high school & one who is 16 recently had a trip to NASA for science. So clearly not all special opportunities are given to private school kids.

    I'm a secondary teacher & I only teach in public schools, but I went to a private school for my own education. When it comes the time to choose a secondary school for DS, I will put some of the decision onto him. I think the school really needs to fit the child & if he's not happy in attending whichever school, I won't force him to go, even if it is "the best" school in the area.

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    Imo and experience If a kid wants to do well they can even in horrid schools likewise a kid could do terrible in the best private school. Cost is a huge difference usually

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lovemyfam View Post
    Imo and experience If a kid wants to do well they can even in horrid schools likewise a kid could do terrible in the best private school. Cost is a huge difference usually
    I have heard that so many times and very much disagree. The teachers in our local public schools spend far more time breaking up fights, tracking down run away children, and attempting to control the level of noise in the room and that leaves very little time for teaching. On top of that, kids like mine become so anxious they go inside themselves and shut down. It makes for a very poor learning environment.

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    Not all public schools are like that though. DD's school has a strong emphasis on pride in their uniform, good behaviour and treating the kids learning as individual. She is part of the high achievers program, she is given her own spelling words, has an independent reading plan. There is a zero tolerance on bullying. They have special programs for those that are struggling in certain areas. There is a strong emphasis on indigenous culture and pride. There are 15-20 kids in her classes.

    Not all public schools are places where grotty, out of control kids run rampant and class sizes are huge.

    On the flipside, I've been in private schools where a family had 2-3 kids, all bullies, but were left to do whatever they pleased to other students bc their parents were active in the church and were wealthy. In high school the catholic girls drank and slept around like there was no tomorrow lol we were wild as!

    My point is you can't generalise. There are great private schools and sucky ones, there are great public and sucky ones. I don't believe just bc parents are paying 5+k a year makes it a good school.

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    I'd have to agree with delirium. Seriously, DP's friend who I mentioned earlier has some absolute horror stories from his private high school. I am seriously reluctant to send DS to high school at all after talking to him!!!!

    I do think it's a shame that not all children have access to equal education and facilities though


 

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