Things you need to consider
For most American parents, one of the most important (if not the most important) criteria when choosing a new home is the reputation of the neighbourhood’s public schools.
This is often measured by the number of students schools send to famous American colleges (statistics are provided by all schools).
The following checklist provides a guide to some of the things you must consider before selecting a private school.
Organization and activities
Going to summer camp is a long tradition in the US. Some 8 million children aged between 6 and 18 attend over 10,000 camps each year. Summer camp is considered to be an adventure and an important part of a child’s development, where he learns independence, self-sufficiency, responsibility and friendship.
Examinations & Grades
When a student enrols in a public school, a ‘cumulative file’ or ‘folder’ is opened for him and there’s a continuous evaluation system throughout all grades.
How to continue your studies after school
Further education generally refers to education undertaken by adults of all ages after leaving full-time study, often after years or even decades of intervening occupation. It doesn’t include degree courses taken at college or university directly after leaving high school, which come under higher education.
Organization and educational policies
There isn’t a federal government controlled or funded school system in the US. Publicly-funded state schools (public schools) are the responsibility of individual state departments of education and are funded largely from local and state taxes with some federal funds.
A positive experience
With the world famous Ivy League universities topping its education system, the United States is certainly a leader when it comes to schooling and to study in an American institution could only be a positive experience.
Educational standards, learning methods and prices
There are numerous private fee-paying schools in the US, serving a multitude of educational needs and educating around 10 per cent of children, a total of almost 5 million students in elementary schools and 1.2 million in secondary schools. Private schools include single-sex schools, schools sponsored by religious groups, schools for students with learning or physical disabilities, and schools for gifted children.