Whether your child is about to enter the fifth grade or the twelfth grade, if you’re thinking about sending them to a private school, you need to know a little bit of information about the different types available to students. There are several kinds of private schools. Although each is similar in that they are all private institutions, there are major differences that come with the different types of private schools, too.
For parents, it is imperative to know what private schools are and how many different variations exist. When you’re informed, it will be easier for you to find the school that’s the right fit for your child. Let’s discuss these topics in more detail, here.
What Is a Private School?
Private schools vary from public schools in many ways. For example, private schools often have smaller class sizes, require tuition payments (unless your child qualifies for aid or scholarships), have better-trained teachers, and maintain higher graduation rates. More often than not, private schools provide a more well-rounded education than the public school system does.
What Are the Different Types of Private Schools?
Now that you’re more familiar with the basics about private schools, let’s dive into some more detailed information about each kind of private school, which are as follows:
Boarding schools are private schools where the students live on campus, as they would in college. There are many kinds of boarding schools, some are for students who show potential in the arts, some are for students who thrive academically, some are for students who need help academically, and more. In many ways, boarding schools simulate the college experience by allowing children to move out early.
While many private schools are secular (unaffiliated with religion), other private schools are affiliated with religion. At these religious schools, Judaism, Catholicism, or other religions might be at the forefront of the educational experience. Students who attend a religious school might have to go to daily religion classes or attend church services.
Whereas traditional classrooms teach students via lectures, assessments, and other activities of the like, Montessori schools are unique because they promote learning via hands-on activities. We encourage children in Montessori schools to explore their interests independently.
Traditional private schools are similar to the public school model, in a way. These schools are unaffiliated with religion, held during normal school hours, and host classes with one teacher and many students.
In one-to-one private schools, students have the unique ability to learn with the teacher by themselves. That is to say, in a one-to-one school, students get a personalized learning experience while still being in a traditional classroom. The Tenney School has operated using a one-to-one model for over half a century, and we’ve found that our students and parents are satisfied.
What Makes Tenney and One-to-One Great?
Because Tenney operates using a one-to-one model, students can learn at their own pace. No matter how quickly, or slowly, a student moves through the material, they’ll be able to work at whatever speed makes sense for them. In addition, the teacher will always be there to provide feedback and assistance when needed.
As you might expect, this model works wonderfully for many students. This model is great for gifted and talented students, students with depression and anxiety, students with ADHD, and more. When your child feels like they’re truly being catered to in the classroom, they can thrive academically. In a one-to-one model, this is always the case.
Want Individualized Attention for Your Student? Choose Tenney
The one-to-one model is a large perk of attending Tenney, as your student will be able to be mentored by our state-of-the-art faculty. If you’re ready to learn more about Tenney and our one-to-one model, we’re happy to answer your questions. For more information, contact us.