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What is really the difference between public and private schools ...(besides the obvious-religion)

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Asked by Annette19792005 at 10:33 PM on Jul. 26, 2010 in

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  • Private schools usually cost money and teach better.

    Answer by Decker at 10:35 PM on Jul. 26, 2010

  • Not all private school are religious. Private schools usually have small class sizes and better curriculum. Most require uniforms. You also have to pay tuition.

    Answer by Erin814 at 10:35 PM on Jul. 26, 2010


    Answer by ELIZABETHSMO902 at 10:37 PM on Jul. 26, 2010

  • Religion doesn't always play a part. There are several private schools that are not religious based. One thing that you will notice in private schools is the classroom size. While public schools can have up to 34 kids in one class (depending on the grade level), a private school might cap their classroom size at 15. Another difference is that because private schools do not receive government funding then they can pick and choose who gets to attend and who doesn't. I have a friend who has a diabetic child. He was attending a private school and even though he was a genius, the teacher did not want to deal with him being a diabetic so they would not accept him. There are many other differences, some good, some bad, but it also depends on the public school and the private school themselves as to which is better.


    Answer by JeremysMom at 10:39 PM on Jul. 26, 2010

  • Not all private schools are religious. Private schools tend to have a smaller student - teacher ratio, allowing the students more one-on-one attention from the teachers. The academics tend to be of better quality & focus more on college prep than on basic education. In private schools, there is a stronger focus on the arts as well as a more superior sports program. A much better education all the way around than in the public schools where there just isn't enough budget to allow for anything beyond a mediocre education.

    Answer by ghostwriter777 at 10:42 PM on Jul. 26, 2010

  • ghostwriter- I'm curious about the superior sports programs. How are they better? You don't hear of many pro players coming from private school. Not trying to be rude, really wondering though.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:59 PM on Jul. 26, 2010

  • I'm curious to know how their sports program is more superior too.

    Answer by tazdvl at 12:30 AM on Jul. 27, 2010

  • Private schools are WAY more serious and strict. If you have a fight or fail some classes they will kick you out. Where as in Public school you may get detention and summer school. Im not sure about the sports. But i believe, girls have less sports then in public school

    Answer by Tryin4GodsAngel at 7:46 AM on Jul. 27, 2010

  • Well in my experience, private schools are more concerned with what the students are actually learning. They do not have to give standardized tests so they can focus on the material rather than teaching the test. They sometimes have less sports but not all the time. And they can't just kick you out for failing a class. There is a handbook just like a public school and you have to follow the handbook.

    Answer by purpleducky at 8:10 AM on Jul. 27, 2010

  • it all depends... there are very expensive private, non-religious, schools in this area, and they breed pretentious "rich" kids, and they are more misbehaved and into drugs and drinking than the public schools... there are FREE public schools that turn out great kids that struggled with life but are "good kids"... then again there are public schools infested with pregnant tweens and teens and drugs... i think it all depends on the area, the school, and what you are looking for. sure i can send my kids to the "academy" but i know that most kids there have nothing better to do with mommy and daddy's money than to get into trouble and don't know the value of a buck. but they are SMART kids too! just don't make the best choices...

    Answer by asil at 7:25 PM on Jul. 27, 2010

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