Public or Private Schools?
The American Educational System is composed of public and private schools. Which one is better for your child?
Most schools in the United States are traditional schools, with standards defined by each state. Education is free and schools rely on federal, state, and local public money.
Public schools should follow the state’s standards regarding the content and form of assessment of children, furthermore, each has its advantage, and its methodology.
Many parents choose to send their child to the public school in their neighborhood, these schools are required to accept all children living in the enclosed area. Many have excellent reviews and end up facilitating the logistics of your day-to-day, since it is in your neighborhood. It’s called Neighborhood Schools.
Magnet Schools are public schools that also have private resources such as charters. These schools are obliged to accept all children living in the designated area. Students outside the area may also apply.
Another type of US schools are the Charter Schools – they are independent public schools that operate with public and private resources. They need to follow Florida’s basic education standards, but they are free to innovate, whether in methodology, content, or by adding new programs. Each charter school has its different admission process.
If you travel a lot or have a child who is heavily involved in a sport program you can also opt for this type of school – the Virtual School – which offers more freedom of time. Florida has 2 types of programs for pre-eighteen grade students and supplemental program for students in grades 6.
Private schools offer a variety of options both in teaching methodology and philosophy. Many come from strong traditions, others are alternatives with methods like Montessori, Reggio Emilio or Waldorf. The options are many, and several factors must be considered.
That’s why you need PREP to help you out in this confusing but fascinating world of educating a child in the USA.