“What do you want to be when you grow up?”- Every time a kid faces this question, his/her answer is laced with the most colorful fountain of dreams and desires. But it is the parents who take up the responsibility to help their child to be prepared to face the intricacies that lay ahead in the future.
The entire phase of K12 education builds the foundation for a student`s future. If the base fails to be strong enough, its aftermath comes with gradual deterioration. The student can neither achieve a good higher education nor can make a good career.
This is why it becomes really important to choose the right public secondary school for providing a child good education.
Choosing the school that is most appropriate for the child is the quintessential question in any parent`s mind. So when it comes to finding the answer for “where should I send my child for education?” most of the parents take on the role of market researchers to point out the best possible school for their children.
After overcoming the initial elimination round, they are often stuck between two options- public schools or private schools?
Public schools are funded by state government- either completely or partially. The demand for public school is higher simply because $15,000 looks far better as an academic expenditure figure than $1, 50,000 for a year.
A recent survey has come out with a fact sheet that shows there are more than one lakh public schools within approximately 13,500 school districts.
Before taking the final step, you should be aware of these figures regarding public schools and develop an understanding of its nature of providing academic training.
1) Close to home
According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) report, 90% of overall US student population go to public schools.
As the report proceeds further, it shows more than 52 million US students are expected to get their academic training from public schools by 2020. Why public school has such immense popularity in US education market? The Lesser academic expense must be the most important reason- but it is not the only one.
Another very important cause is the proximity of these schools, which are generally very close to their home. Owing to safety reasons, many families prefer their kids to be in neighborhood schools. This is also good for the children themselves because they do not make any extra effort to find friends outside their school compound.
2) And the free things!
Students who stay little far from their public schools, they do not have to worry about the daily transportation complexities.
Because, there is a high probability that school administrators have managed to provide definite transportation facilities for their students- which is either free or in an exchange of fixed expense.
And it is not just the transportation, public school students (and also teachers) get benefited with text books, uniform materials, academic equipment, paper cups, markers, free of cost or cheaper lunch, etc. because of the state and federal funding they get.
3) Guided by the experts
More than half of the K 12 public Secondary schools in the USA have advanced and specialized degrees. Along with that, more than half of those teachers have over 10 years of classroom teaching experience.
In 2013, Washington Post published a report of a survey which was conducted by Hart Research Associates. According to that survey report, more than 75% of parents of
public secondary school students were happy and satisfied with the standard of the school teachers, as well as methods of the academic training they provide to their students.
These figures and research statistics are enough to prove the expertise of public secondary school teachers and dedication towards their profession.
4) When the Parents get involved
One of the most important factors of public secondary schools’ academic training structure is the better chance of involvement from the parents’ side.
Public secondary schools are always open towards the idea of having parents into the class- something that private schools will never allow. Because of this chance of parental involvement, families of the public school students have a better understanding of the education their kids are getting from school.
Along with that, this opens a proper door of communication between the teachers and guardians of the students.
5) Diversity in curriculum
One can find a major sign of diversity among public school curriculum. In the USA, 68% public schools have different educational programs for extraordinary and talented students.
64% Public secondary schools provide Advanced Placement (AP) courses, which can allow the students to prepare for college-level education while studying in high schools. Last but not the least, 2% public secondary schools offer International Baccalaureate (IB) program that helps the students to proceed further with a strong academic foundation ground beneath them.
The University of Illinois conducted a research based on standardized mathematics tests. According to its report, public school students have achieved a better score than their counterpart private school students.
It has been found out through various researchers that public school students academically become more successful. As their education has been closely
monitored by their parents and they have been guided by experienced teachers, these students perform well academically and often pursue higher education degrees.
These specific five factors differentiate the public secondary schools from the learning culture of American private schools and help them to carve their own niche in highly competent academic and professional arenas.