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    Default Do you think private schools are worth the $$? why/why not?

    Quote Originally Posted by Elijahs Mum View Post
    That's a huge generalisation! One of the reasons I wanted DS not to go to one of our local public schools is because they are very southern suburbs "Anglo Christian" ( can't think of another way to say it!) where as the inner west private school he is going too is extremely multicultural with many different religions and backgrounds - I've met all the kindy kids/parents in DS class next year and easily Id say about 5 out of 20 are Caucasian
    No it isn't a huge generalisation.

    http://theconversation.com/data-show...te-schools-979

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    http://m.smh.com.au/national/educati...611-20663.html
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    You'll notice in the 2nd article you posted they mention DS school does have more than 50% non english speaking students ☺️so it's definitely a generalisation for our schools

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    Def worth the money!! Public schools here unless you live in the right area are not great...

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    Default Do you think private schools are worth the $$? why/why not?

    Quote Originally Posted by Elijahs Mum View Post
    You'll notice in the 2nd article you posted they mention DS school does have more than 50% non english speaking students ☺️so it's definitely a generalisation for our schools
    I don't know which school your son is going to but it says there are only 3 private schools that have a mix of backgrounds and that they're around 50%

    Not good enough overall of private schools but good for you and your son.
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    I think it is such a personal decision & everyone has their own reasons about which school is the right fit for their child.
    I am a private school teacher, & my DD will be going to a private school which I LOVE. It doesnt have th best facilities, or extracurricular activities, etc - but it is such a wonderful environment. Caring, peaceful - it just has such a good feel about it. The staff give 100% to their job. I am lucky that I am a teacher & have worked in both public and private schools in my area (including the one DD is going to). I have sat in staffrooms and listened to staff whinge about how they hate their jobs,they hate the kids, & wish they were working in a factory instead. I agree with PP that the staff (& particularly the principal) can make or break a school. My DDs school is multicultural, which I love, but it also reflects on our life and friendships outside of school,which I think is more meaningful. For me, I know my kids will thrive & be happy where they are, & that's what matters most to me.

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    Private school is worth the money if it gives your children what they need and the local state schools don't.
    My kids have only ever been to state schools (we are upto #4 for my eldest because we have moved a few times), and 2 of them weren't great, but 2 have been totally amazing and perfect for our kids. I wouldn't consider sending our kids to private school unless the public schools don't meet their needs.

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    Nope. I went to an awful public school, known for drug busts and my capabilities and my sisters capabilities are due to my single mum raising us to know we could do anything.

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    ok this will sound silly but.... would you send your kids to a school where you had family friends kids in that same year level.? (if you are a bit of a private family yourself?)

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    Hm well I am not overly private, but we have 1 close and 1 not as close family friends who are in my DD's class. We also have a family friend who teaches at the school. Its pretty impossible in the area we live in to find a school without friendship circles involved in it. I think its great she is already friends with some of the kids she is going to school with.

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    I think it's less about academic outcomes, and more about opportunities. There was a study that recently released it's findings that found the educational outcomes from private and public did not differ significantly. Which therefore suggests that how well a child does in school, is an individual thing and not dependent on type of schooling.

    However, some private schools offer opportunities that public schools don't. Such as the variety of extra-curricular activities/clubs a child can be involved in, and it can also offer the 'who you know' component as children get to the age they're leaving school for higher education/career options.

    But on the flip side, if it's extra-curricular activities you're after, it would probably would be cheaper and more beneficial to opt for a public school and source out of school activities (which is what I do). And the 'who you know' aspect may very well not be applicable to the private school you chose (really depends if it's an "elite" school or not), or you might still meet people in a public setting.

    I think picking a school that you LIKE is the most important thing. What are the core values of the school? What are the teaching staff and senior staff like? What's the school community as a whole like? With the right home environment and support, a child can bloom in any school (provided the school is not a complete crash and burn type - which can happen in both public and private settings). It can't simply just be a case of private vs public, in my opinion.
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