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    I went to a private school (high school only). I thoroughly enjoyed it. It had and still does have a good reputation. Students are taught respect for themselves, their peers and their elders (something that at lot of gen Y seem to be lacking!) I think I had more opportunities than some of my primary school friends didn't. My grade at school was a friendly bunch, and despite a few guys who were *********, everyone got on. There was no bullying or anything.

    If you spoke to my sister your get a different story. She hated it. Was bullied by a girl who went on to be a school vice captain and no one believed her (because who could believe a vice captain could be a bully?!). Mum was furious. It depends on your kids really. My BIL is still in high school and I'm worried for him. He has been in the same private school since preschool and is very sheltered and his social skills aren't that great. I attribute this to his entire schooling being in the private system. Same with some of my friends. You could always pick the ones who had been at the school since preschool.

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    I absolutely resent my public education. Where did it get me - NOWHERE! Where did I get myself - into a very successful career. My sibling and I were taught to work hard, due to our working class upbringing and this is what has made the difference for both of us, not our (terrible) education.

    Our school was in a low socio-economic area (not that we knew that as kids) but the teachers were just trying to get by day to day, they didn't have the capacity to nurture your education experience. Each year there was a hand full (no more than 5 I believe) kids that applied for university with support from the school. The rest of us - well I think they just hoped we would find a traineeship/trade. It is also a big tainted mark on your CV and in discussion of where you went to school, you get the 'oh, there' (raised eyebrows) response.

    My DH went to a private school and his level of education is amazing!

    To me there is a big difference between the type of education you get in public and private and my children will be going private (co-ed) or to one of the top performing public schools.

    My public school experience gave me good life skills and made me street wise. I was also exposed to people from all walks of life which helps me relate to (and sympathise with) people better than many private school people I know.

    Private schools have smaller class sizes, there is certainly more capacity to nurture a childs learning needs. And lets be honest, private schools help to build social capital. But I think it can be a very sheltered experience and doesn't always achieve the appropriate level of social skills.

    The child and the family play a massive role in the outcome also though, obviously, its not simply about the school.

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    My schooling was mostly great, despite being in one of the worse public schools. I had the drive and ambition and I loved to learn. But the bullying in my HS finally managed to somewhat break me and I avoided school for most of 8, 9 and 10 and didnt really go onto college until I was well out of the "swing" of school. So despite still loving to learn, uni has been pretty difficult because I'm just not used to it really.

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    Private primary, private for first 2 years of high school, then public.

    Hands down much more opportunity in a public high school. Could possibly be because I was in private girls high school in 1989/1990, and the only subjects that were offered were very gender specific, and I was never interested in sewing etc. At the public high school, there was a much more variety in regards to subject choice.

    My children will go public. No question. The local public high school here is fantastic, won numerous awards for excellence, but my eldest child hasn't started school yet, so a lot could change by the time she gets to high school.

    In primary school, you are your child's biggest influence. In high school, that does change a little to the friends they have. But I also believe that if your children are involved in extra-curricular activities then this is usually enough to keep them out of trouble, especially as they get older.

    I kind of have to wonder when people put their child's name down at schools as soon as they are born or even before they're born...especially when they say that the school will be better at catering to their child's needs. How do you know what your child's needs will be as a school student when they're still a baby?

    Students are generally spoon fed at private high schools, being taught how to pass the hsc, then they suffer at university compared to public school students.

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    I went private first 3 years fell through cracks... Left and picked up myself publicly through home schooling via a government agency.

    I do aged care. Where am I? Aged care. I hate it. Df went to public agricultural school. It suited him. While we have the money to send our kids public or private we will look at there personalities. He wasn't going to be going to Uni etc but hands on yes! He learnt cooking, gardening, animals, farming & ended up being a plumber. Financially we have a mortgage and don't struggle (only just achieved this). I'm a sahm & I'm street smart no way am I book smart!

    I think start private then see where they are at

    Where I live I would never send our kids public!

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    Private schools don't always have smaller class sizes.

    Kindergarten (first year of school) in nsw - maximum 20 students.

    Some private schools have 35 students in kindergarten - which means 35 students throughout primary school, totally unheard of in nsw public schools.

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    I went to a public primary school and a decent public high school, I'm an engineering consultant and have gone back as a mature age student to study law. My sister also went to the same public schools and is a professor of physics at an American university.

    i think there's a lot more factors than just the school. Having said that, my parents chose public high schools because private wasn't in their budget. I know lots of successful people who went private.

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    I went to public schools and dropped out when I was 15 (not because of the type of schools, just because school wasn't a very good fit for me) one of my closest friends went to two of the states most illustrious boarding schools and she is big into private education... we are both mature age students at uni. First hand experience tells me that it doesn't depend on the school, but rather the student. If a student wants to excel at school, it doesn't matter where they go, they will do it anyway, but if they want to faff around, like me and my friend, they will do it regardless of which schools they go to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Theboys&me View Post
    I am being a little ignorant in terms of completely knowing what the schools here in question offer so I'll also need to investigate that closer to the time too I think. The program's offered that you've mentioned sound fantastic, are they not offered in the public system?
    Some do, but in my experience a state school might "specialise" in a particular area (eg there is a state school near me that has a top notch performing arts program and it is "the" state school to go to if you want a career in performing arts) but they aren't as good in other areas, whereas the private school I went to offered fantastic programs in all different areas. Which is good if you are both academic AND artistic, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amyd View Post
    My 2 brothers and I both went to one of the crappest public schools in our state. They both went on to complete apprenticeships and are both well respected and well paid. I ended up as a vet working for the government but I think that if I wasn't as smart as I am (that sounds up myself I know) then I wouldn't have got the marks I needed to get in.
    DH went to a rural P-12 and very much fell through the cracks and left school unable to read. SIL went to the same school and is about to complete an accounting degree.

    I think public school is generally ok but if you have a kid that wants to do something that needs high grades to get into and they aren't already a top achiever they may need the extra support if a private school.
    disagree with your last paragraph, for nsw anyway. In 2010, out of the top 10 schools in nsw, 8/10 were public. The top 8 positions are government schools.

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