Published On: Thursday, August 24, 2017|Categories: Learning Environment, Tenney Subscribers|

Having your son or daughter attend a smaller, private school comes with an endless array of benefits both academically and socially. While many parents of children who are gifted, serious athletes, or having learning disabilities will opt for a small, private school over a public school, parents of all kinds of children should also consider the benefits of a small school. And in this post, we will introduce you to four important and beneficial things that happen when you child first starts attending a small school.

1. More One-on-One Attention From The Teachers:

Smaller schools mean smaller classrooms. And with fewer students in each class, it is easier for the teacher to spend more quality, one-on-one time with each student during the class. With a lower student-teacher ratio, your child will get noticed if they appear to be struggling with something and the teacher will ensure that no child gets left behind.

2. Greater Learning Success:

Not only will your child learn more in a small school, but all of the ways with which they learn will be enhanced. They will begin to absorb information more quickly and retain it more easily. They will also ask more questions and get the answers they need and know how to implement different mechanisms to learn on their own and with a group. A small school will make sure that your child is not only taught new things but that they will be taught how to discover new information for themselves, both outside of school and as they grow older.

3. Teachers Can do What They Do Best:

Obviously, teachers get into their line of work in order to teach because they believe a society with more educated children leads to greater social good. The sad reality is that in many public schools where each classroom contains more students than a teacher can handle, it isn’t always possible to ensure that each child gets the most comprehensive education that they deserve. In large classroom settings, especially if there is only one teacher, that teacher could be spending half the class time trying to keep the attention of every single student. But in smaller classrooms with fewer students, a teacher is able to notice everything happening in the classroom, observe the students’ responses, track their engagement, and encourage more participation and discussion related to the topic at hand.

4. Classrooms Aren’t Just Classrooms:

In a smaller school, a classroom can be more than just a classroom; it can become a community. When there are fewer students in the room, each child will have more opportunities to connect collectively and individually with all of the other students in the class. This not only prompts more social activity but can help every student learn more and discuss academic topics more openly. In addition to having an easier time building strong, lasting friendships with other students, your child will be in a setting where there are higher levels of participation. In smaller groups where there are fewer voices, it will allow the opportunity for your child’s voice to be heard. Your child will learn how to speak their mind, express opinions, ask questions, and challenge ideas…all things that are necessary to promote higher levels of learning and a more enriched academic career.

Want to learn more about all of the advantages that small private schools have to offer? Don’t hesitate to contact us today with any questions that you may have. You can also visit our official website or keep reading our other blog posts for more free resources. We are happy to discuss your child’s academic future and point you in the right direction.

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