• at March 1, 2018

    We want to enroll our daughter into a fancy private school next year, but the prices are truly S T A G G E R I N G. We’ll have to make a lot of cuts to afford it. Are private schools worth the investment or are we better off with the public school system? Any thoughts or experiences?

  • at March 2, 2018

    I might be a little biased because I’m speaking as a public school teacher, but what do you have against public schools? Why are you so eager to switch schools?

  • at March 2, 2018

    Hey man, didn’t mean to cause any offense. We don’t have any issues with the public school system. Our daughter thrived in it. Got good grades, made a lot of friends, no complaints. It’s just that we want what’s best for our only child. If we have the means to support her in private school, we want to do it and give her a better springboard for the future.

  • at March 3, 2018

    No offense taken, but I still don’t understand why. If your daughter is thriving in her current academic environment, it feels counterproductive to pull her out of public school and throw her into a new system, especially if you don’t have the financial means to support her.

  • at March 3, 2018

    Four words for you: Stay In Your Lane.

    If you are gonna struggle to put her in private school, that means you aren’t gonna be happy, your wife isn’t gonna be happy, and your daughter sure won’t be happy either.

  • at March 4, 2018

    If you can’t afford private school, don’t force it. Save the money and use it elsewhere to better your daughter’s life. For example, consider using that money to buy a house in a district with good public schools instead.

  • at March 6, 2018

    You guys are either very biased or seriously misinformed about private schools. The OP shouldn’t be discouraged for attempting to build a better life for his daughter. Yes, it will be tough affording private school if you aren’t super rich, but if you want to give your child more opportunities to succeed, you will find a way to support her education.

    Reasons why your investment will be worth it in the end:

    #1

    Looking at over 7,000 students from close to 1,200 schools across Canada, it found that those who attended private schools had better academic outcomes

    https://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2015/04/06/do-private-schools-provide-a-better-education.html

    #2

    Recently, the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) partnered with Gallup to compare the college experiences of NAIS graduates with those of graduates of other high schools. Not surprisingly, its report (NAIS-Gallup Report on NAIS Graduates) showed that NAIS graduates fared better in college and in life after college.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2018/03/27/are-private-schools-really-better-than-public-schools-a-look-at-the-data/

    If you want what’s best for your child, suck it up and make your numbers work.

  • at March 6, 2018

    First of all, if you’re going to quote from online opinion pieces, can you at least try not to take the full quotes out of context?

    Looking at over 7,000 students from close to 1,200 schools across Canada, it found that those who attended private schools had better academic outcomes, but that this was primarily because “students who attended private high schools were more likely to have socio-economic characteristics positively associated with academic success and to have school peers with university-educated parents.” There was little evidence that the success of these students was the result of attending schools with better resources or higher quality instruction.

    Quoted for truth. You seem to be the one who’s actually biased and misinformed.

    Second for all, it’s a little presumptuous of you to equate private school to success in life, don’t you think? Plenty of us were educated by public schools and we fared just fine. There are wonderful teachers and students in the public school system, just as there are wonderful teachers and students in the private school system too. A child isn’t going to automatically excel in their studies just because their parents could afford to send them to private school.

  • at March 7, 2018

    Take it from someone who studied in both public schools and private schools: it’s not that drastically different. There’re definitely some areas where private schools excel in (more resources, flexible curriculum, smaller class sizes, etc.) but it’s not going to make or break your child’s education. It’d be nice if you can afford to put your child in a private school, but don’t break the bank just for the sake of it.

  • at March 10, 2018

    Did you ask your daughter whether she wants to go to another school or not? If she made as many friends as you say she did, chances are she’s gonna be reluctant as hell to change schools just because her parents want to. Something to consider.