Private Elementary Schools

Written by Elisabeth Forsythe
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While private schools for high school age children are generally seen as providing a clear advantage for students--with their advanced college preparation resources and their wide range of activities--private elementary schools are usually less visible. Is it worthwhile to pay tuition for the early years of your child's education? Would a private school really make that a big difference for a kindergartner? Learning more about what a private elementary school offers can help you decide.

When children start elementary school, they're pretty much elementary versions of who they will become. Studies show that children as young as five experience rapid self-growth. This is when they can develop a positive self-image, discover how to identify and express their feelings, and learn from their mistakes. This is the best time to teach the tenets of self-control, respect for others, and good study habits. Proper care and instruction at this stage can benefit students in ways that will last a lifetime.

Young children need a lot of attention in the form of praise, affection, and discipline. They have a great deal of energy, but a very short attention span in which to focus this energy. Private schools are known for being able to provide a smaller student-to-teacher ratio. This means that students at a private school receive more one-on-one attention and individualized instruction. If a child is having difficulty in one area or another, a private elementary school has the resources to help right from the beginning--instead of losing that student in the shuffle.

The Right Start--Right from the Beginning

Getting a quality education from the ground up is great start for any child. There are excellent elementary schools available--both public and private. But for many students, choosing a private elementary school is an excellent first step toward an extraordinary scholastic experience.

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