Public School vs. Private School: Which is Better for Your Child?

List: Posted: 06/09/11

Every parent knows that finding the right school for your child is one of the most important responsibilities a parent has.  But which is better: public school or private school? 


Fact #1: Some of the top high schools in the nation - ones that have International Baccalaureate programs - are public schools.  Likewise, there are a number of private schools with unorthodox, religion-based teaching methods that may leave a child without the necessary technological skills or scientific knowledge to thrive at an Ivy League school in the future.

Fact #2: In order to assess the public school system in your district, be sure to look at how often the school funding levy has passed in the last five years, and at the overall amount that your school district has to spend.  Then, find out what percentage goes into actual education.  You can live in one of the best-funded school districts in the state, but if 50 percent of the budget goes into football, you'll find that the middle school textbooks can be 10 years old.  This does not make for a good learning environment for your child.

Fact #3: When looking at private school options, be sure to find out the school's retention rates, as well as their test scores.
  Low retention rates mean parents who didn't think the school was worth the sticker price, or a school that removes students with low scores so as not to upset their academic stats.

Armed with the right questions, choosing a public or private school that's right for your child will be an easier task.

Private Elementary Schools

    Primrose School of Ashburn at Broadlands offers child care and preschool programs for children 6 weeks-5 years old in Broadlands. Primrose provides a safe and nurturing environment where children thrive.

    • 21367 Shale Ridge Ct
    • Ashburn, VA 20147
    • (703) 724-4200

      School of Rock is the leader in performance-based music education. We teach guitar, bass, drums, keyboard and vocals, and our students put on amazing shows at local venues. Our programs, camps and workshops for young kids, teens and adults make learning to play music fun and offers our students a great communities of musicians where they can collaborate and grow together.

      • 20660 Ashburn Rd
      • Ashburn, VA 20147
      • (703) 858-0820

        Golden Pond School specializes in early childhood education, offering a variety of part-time preschool programs and a full day kindergarten course. This school also offers a kindergarten enrichment program for children attending public schools. The curriculum involves introductory academics and Spanish. Children also engage in music and arts activities. Enrollment information is available on its website

        • 43940 Farmwell Hunt Plz
        • Ashburn, VA 20147
        • (703) 723-7663

          The mission of Potomac Swim School is to teach children to swim in a safe, caring, positive, and fun environment. With your help, we also strive to encourage the development of your children’s self-esteem, confidence, responsibility and love of the water. We recognize that each child is an individual with different emotional and developmental needs and abilities. We cater each lesson to those needs. Beginners will focus on water acclimation, floating and kicking skills. Advanced swimmers focus on the various strokes such as freestyle and backstroke, then progress to butterfly and breaststroke. Your swimmers will also learn valuable safety rules and survival skills. Warm Environment In the Water At Potomac Swim School you will find a facility that was built for the sole purpose of teaching swim lessons. Potomac Swim School has warm water, 89 degrees and warm air, 91 degrees. The temperatures are conducive to young children learning to swim because they are extremely comfortable. Our shallow pool is perfect for children to learn to swim. It gives them enough depth that they cannot touch the bottom, which aids in learning to swim, but we do use platforms in the pool on which they can stand when needed. PSS teaches children beginning at six-months old through 11-years old. Swim lessons taught at an early age benefit children with safety, water comfort and the development of gross motor, emotional, intellectual, and socials skills. It is fun and easier to teach children at an early age how to swim before they develop fear or apprehension of the water. With a focus on beginner swimmers, PSS continues to work with children whose skills advance to the refinement of such strokes as freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly. Each class level is specifically designed to provide age-appropriate instruction. Warm Environment Out of the Water Potomac Swim School prides itself on excellent customer service. In today’s world so much of our lives are rushed and customer service is often forgotten. Come in to our facility where you will be greeted with a smile and a hello. Sit down, relax and enjoy watching your children learn to swim from our parent observation room. We love interacting with your children in and out of the water. Most of all we love their smiles and hugs. All of our children deserve a smile from us as well. We are not trying to be the best in customer service in swimming; we are striving to be the best in customer service, period. If you ever have any questions or concerns, please let us know. PSS is centered around the following standards and values: health and safety, teaching according to the PSS curriculum, loyalty, dedication and confidentiality of our clientele, and sincere love and care for the PSS families.

          • 21730 Red Rum Dr Ste 107
          • Ashburn, VA 20147
          • (703) 726-2500

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