Toronto Campus
21 Eddfield Avenue
Toronto, ON, M2N 2M5
(416) 250-0648

Richmond Hill Campus
11 Headdon Gate
Richmond Hill, ON, L4C 9W9
(905) 780-6565

Private education or public? What’s the best choice for your child?

Education is an important part of raising children and preparing them to live successful lives. For many families, finding the right school environment isn’t as easy as just enrolling at the local public school. With the information we have today about learning differences and 21st-century skills, not all schools can adequately meet the needs of every student. So how do you determine if the local school is meeting your child’s needs or if it’s time to switch schools?

You want to give your child the best, but you also have income constraints to think of. So how do you choose between private schools versus public schools? Put another way, how do you decide private education is really worth it? Here’s a rundown of issues pertaining to private schools vs. public schools in Canada:



1) Class size is one of the major differences between public schools and private schools. The class size in urban public schools can be as large as 25-30 students (or more), while most private schools keep their class sizes closer to an average of 10-15 students, depending on the school. It’s important to note that some schools will publicize a student to teacher ratio, in addition to, or sometimes in place of, an average classroom size. The student to teacher ratio is not the same as the average classroom size, as the ratio often includes part-time teachers who may serve as tutors or substitutes, and sometimes the ratio even includes non-teaching faculty (administrators, coaches, dorm parents) who are part of students’ daily lives outside the classroom.

2) While public school teachers always need to be certified, private school teachers often don’t need formal certification. Nevertheless, many are experts in their fields or have master’s or even doctoral degrees. While it is very difficult to remove public school teachers, private school teachers generally have contracts that are renewable each year.

3) In part, because private schools often have selective admissions processes, they are able to choose students who are highly motivated. Many private school students want to learn, and your child will be surrounded by students who regard academic achievement as desirable. For students who aren’t challenged enough at their current schools, finding a school full of highly motivated students can be a major improvement in their learning experience. Sending your child to a private school means enrollment is selective and demands are uniformly higher versus a public school where they will be exposed to a wider variety of people and abilities. In today’s world, both are likely to incorporate students from various cultures and backgrounds. One of the really good samples is Prestige Private School in Toronto {LINK:}.

4) Because they do not use public funds (or in some areas, less funds), private schools are not as restricted in their program development or curricula. Private schools are not subject to budget limitations imposed by the state (although they may in fact have more restrictive limitations).

This freedom allows private schools to develop their own curricula. As long as parents agree with the intellectual, philosophical or religious basis brought to the curricula, this independence from ‘government interference’ is seen as a great advantage of private schools over public.

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