In some parts of America, where rough neighborhoods reign, some parents feel better sending their children to parochial or religious schools simply because of the different atmosphere. Because these schools charge a tuition fee and often require students pass an entrance exam, parents know incidence of bad behavior or classroom disruption may be reduced.
That is not to say that publicly funded schools are always a bad option. In fact, many times, these institutions can better cater to your child’s individual needs much better than a private school might. State and federal government funding for education directly affects the programs and resources available, which means that if your child has special social or academic needs, a public school may just be a perfect fit. Facilities and physical education equipment are often state of the art at public schools as well, thanks to funding aimed directly at updating these important tools.
Making the decision to send your child to a school other than the one in your town funded by your district can be a difficult one, but if you have all the facts about the school and educational environment in your town, and do the right homework, chances are your child will be well rounded, educated and happy.