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


Which type of school, public or private, might be the best choice?

Are you looking for the right school fit for your child? Family circumstances and the individual needs of your kid are maybe some of the greatest factors impacting your decision. For some family, a location on the route from home to work might be really important, for another one, strong music or athletics program might be a more high priority, for yet another, being able to pay the tuition in installments might be the most important thing.

Before you even start surfing school websites, take the time to define your kid’s and your family’s needs, wants, and circumstances. A compatible fit is very important!

When you start choosing a school for your child, it can be quite a daunting and even stress-inducing task. With so many choices—small school or large school, school of the arts or a technology-focused school, public school or private—it’s easy to default to the most convenient (geographically closest location) choice.

Let’s help you narrow down a very broad field, by first highlighting the two major educational paths: private schools and public schools.

On the public school side, parents worry about an education system facing cutbacks and criticism. On the private school side, there’s the cost and the question of what parents are really getting for their money. So, let us take a brief look at the benefits of both types of schools.

Public School Benefits:

Cost-effective—public school is free of charge.
Like private schools, some public schools offer specialized courses or programs—e.g., math and science, special needs, and the arts.
Public schools don’t usually require prospective students to undergo entrance interviews or tests in order to attend school.
Students in public schools are typically grouped according to the geographical area, which can be an advantage in terms of out-of-school socializing.
Public schools are overseen by provincial governments and local school boards (many private schools that receive government funding or grant credits for the provincial high school diploma are also required to abide by provincial standards).
Top public schools may have a wide range of resources and like private schools cutting-edge equipment.

Private School Benefits:

Increased parental involvement in children’s education—at home and within the school community.
Class sizes are usually smaller. Individual time with students has been proven to improve academic achievement.
Private schools often have a good reputation in global higher education institutions, with many schools boasting a one-hundred percent rate of students attending their first choice university.
The private school system provides various educational options, including international exchange programs, advanced placement (AP), or International Baccalaureate (IB); faith-based schools—Christian, Jewish, Muslim; coed or single-gender schools; and special needs schools.
Excellent extracurricular activities or special programs—e.g., arts, sports, clubs, music.
Larger student populations in public schools may lead to decreased supervision and more bullying issues.
Dedicated and well-trained teachers, many with advanced degrees.
Not run by tax dollars, thus more freedom in curriculum design and general governance. Public schools usually have more bureaucracy, leading to less innovation in program offering, less positive change at the institutional level, and decreased the parental influence on a child’s educational progress and disciplinary measures.
Children who are less assertive or different may miss out on social and leadership opportunities with larger school sizes in public schools.
Many private schools meet or exceed provincial education standards, like a Prestige Private School in Toronto and Richmond Hill {Link: http://www.prestigeprivateschool.ca/}

Final Verdict: Whether you choose a public school or a private school, most critical is finding a school that will provide your child with a solid educational foundation for a future academic, career, and personal success. Ensure that the school emphasizes the well-qualified teachers and smaller class sizes that cater best to students’ unique academic and personal strengths and weaknesses.

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