The Differences Between Private Schools And Semi-Private Schools

Private schools are a very popular education alternative for families. The class sizes are smaller and more contained, and children may get a better education because teachers can spend more time helping students. There are some drawbacks to private schools, which is why some parents might opt for semi-private schools. Here are the main differences between these two public school alternatives.

Private Schools

Private schools accept a limited number of new students each year. This allows the schools to keep the class sizes small. It is often very difficult to get into a private school because there is a long wait list and most current students and families do not want to give up their spots. There is also the question of the price of tuition, which is often more than most families can afford or simply more than families wish to pay.

Some students may be able to attend on a scholarship basis. This encourages a wider variety of students, including minorities, to apply. Most private schools want a diversified student body but understand that the price of tuition may be the only thing preventing certain students from applying. Still, it is worth applying to a private school if there is one in your area.

Semi-Private Schools

Semi-private schools are schools that have opened their doors to public school children and families on an education voucher program. The voucher program gives families the choice to send their children to any school within a 10-mile radius of home. Semi-private schools were once private schools that opted to participate in the voucher program so that more students who could not afford to attend could attend free of charge.

Semi-private schools still operate like private schools. They attempt to keep class sizes small. They may require uniforms but provide them at a reduced cost to families in need. They still offer many of the same arts and humanities programs that private schools do. If you cannot get your child into a private school, or you cannot afford the tuition even with a scholarship, consider a semi-private school if there is one available.

Positive Educational Experiences

Both private and semi-private schools work together within the city's and state's educational system to support education of children. They are not in competition for funds with the public schools. All schools, regardless of their designation, work to provide positive educational experiences for all of their students.