The National Center for Education Statistics said that at the start of the fall 2018 semester in the U.S., 56.6 million students will attend elementary and secondary schools. Despite the huge number, there are still kids who don’t do well in a classroom setting.
This is why different types of school exist in the U.S. Each of them has its own merits so you could decide which one fits your child best.
1. Public Schools
In 2016, the U.S. had a total of 98,227 public schools in operation. Public schools are free, and almost every community has them. The local, state, and federal government funds public schools. They offer different extracurricular activities to hone students in more than just academics.
2. Charter Schools
For the past 10 years, enrollment in charter schools has almost tripled from 1.2 million in 2007 to 2.1 million in 2017. Charter schools, like e-Institute in Glendale, are independent public schools. They’re managed by organizations that have a charter with a local or national authority. Recent studies revealed that charter school students outperform their traditional public school peers in standardized tests.
3. Private Schools
Private individuals or organizations run private schools. Because the government doesn’t financially support them, they require payment for the kids’ tuition. Some private schools are associated with a specific religion and enrollment may be selective.
4. Special Education Schools
Children with learning disabilities often go to special education (SPED) schools. SPED schools cater to the specific needs of each student. They make education easier by creating a learning structure based on what students can and cannot do.
5. Home Schools
For some parents, homeschooling is the best option. Currently, over 2 million students are being home schooled. Since teaching focuses on one student and his/her needs, it can provide a higher quality of education. It also removes the physical and psychological torment of bullying that happens a lot in traditional school settings.
Assessing your child’s educational needs is an important decision. Sending him or her to the right school is vital to your child’s overall growth, so it’s better to be informed about all kinds of support available.