For many parents, the decisions surrounding their child's education can be among the most important that they will make. Depending on where you live and your personal preferences, you may want to choose a private high school for your child. This can ensure that they are in a high-quality learning environment during these formative years.
Assumption: A Private School Will Not Have The Resources To Provide Quality Educations To Students
A parent that is wanting to provide their child with a high-quality and rigorous education will want to avoid assuming that a private school will always have inferior resources compared to public schools. Many private schools will be able to offer their students world-class facilities and high-quality teachers. Just as with public schools, the resources available to each private school can vary, and you will want to judge the various options against each other.
Assumption: All Private High Schools Offer Busing Services
Getting your child to and from the school will be one of the more inconvenient aspects of sending your child to school. For many families, the school bus system can be an invaluable way of balancing the need to get the child to school on time despite the parents' work responsibilities. While there are many private schools that have the resources to provide busing services to many of their students, this will not always be the case. If you are planning on your child taking the school bus to get to school and home, you will want to speak with potential private schools to determine their busing policies. For schools that offer being services, you will want to make sure that your home is within the area that the buses can serve as these schools may have relatively restricted busing.
Assumption: Private High Schools Will Accept Any Student Applicant
Unfortunately, some parents may not realize that getting their child accepted into a quality private high school may be a surprisingly competitive process. High ranking and popular private high schools can receive a large number of applicants every year, and they may only be able to accept a small portion of those seeking to be admitted. To give your child the best chance of being accepted, you will want to be sure to get the application into the school as soon as possible. Furthermore, you will want to be as thorough and thoughtful as possible when completing your child's application to ensure that you include all of the honors and activities that these schools may consider in their admissions process.