Ann Dolin: It's a serious debate for many Americans parents; do I put my child in private or public school? What are the advantages of private and can I even afford it? Here are some things for you to consider when making the big decision.
Private schools hold a lot of appeal for students who thrive on more personalized individual attention. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, private schools have smaller enrollments, smaller cost sizes and more qualified teachers than public schools.
Students tend to form more personal relationships with their faculty and programs can be customized to meet a student's needs. Many private schools integrate technology directly into their classrooms and curriculum. Some even have laptop provisions for each student. And in addition, many private schools pour a lot of their endowment into their sports facilities as well.
The more opportunities a student has to pursue his or her interest, the more likely they are to grow academically and to impress the college admissions board.
Contrary to popular belief, private schools aren't just for the privilege to leave. Nationally about 30% of students take advantage of financial aid. Private schools are also making an extra effort recently to encourage diversity and to build a unique learning environment.
So explore your options. It could be one of the most important decisions you make for your child.