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FAQs about private and independent schools
Private and independent schools are the same thing.
False. An independent school is a private school but a private school isn’t always independent.
Private schools don’t receive funding from state government, and can be governed by for-profit, non-profit, or other outside institutions like churches. Independent schools also don’t receive public funds––they fall under the private school umbrella––but, they are overseen by a truly outside, separate group such as a board of trustees or governors. Independent schools are also tightly governed, more expensive and, consequently, have better facilities. Additionally, they have larger endowments.
Kids who go to private school during their K-12 years are guaranteed to get into top-tier schools.
False. Just because you send your child to a private school doesn’t mean they’re guaranteed to be accepted into a college at all, much less a top-tier. There are many factors at play in the admission process and it all depends on your child’s interests, strength and weaknesses, study habits, etc.
Sending your child to a private school prior to their college years is like sending them to college pre-emptively.
True for a number of reasons––especially if it’s a private boarding school. Just like college, kids need to take admissions test like the SSAT or ISEE. The instructors at most of these private education institutions also hold degrees in the subject of the class they teach, making them more like college professors.
Private school is most similar to college as far as cost goes. The national average for private school tuition cost in 2017-2018 was $10,413 with private elementary school averaging $9,398 and private high school averaging $14,205. By state, Connecticut is the most expensive tuition wise: the average tuition was $24,835, for elementary school it was $15,709, and private high school was $31,893.
Connecticut’s average acceptance rate is 70 percent and the national average acceptance rate is 85 percent. Litchfield County, Connecticut, is the most selective county with an average acceptance rate of 52 percent; the most selective school is the Hotchkiss School, a co-ed boarding school, with an acceptance rate of 19 percent. That said, financial aid packages may be offered.
Private schools focused strictly on academics.
False. Although academics are a priority and taken very seriously so are extracurriculars. At some schools, athletics and other extracurriculars are actually mandatory to ensure that your child is well rounded, working their body and mind as well as spirit if the school is religiously affiliated.