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Selecting best private day schools

When considering top private schools, think about the reasons you are selecting an independent school and make sure what the schools offer meets your expectations. When selecting a private kindergarten, some families prefer a specific early childhood learning program such as a Montessori school or a Reggio Emilia school. Parents may prefer a student-lead classroom or a teacher-lead classroom. They will have a fixed idea about what an ideal early learner student experience should be and will select a private kindergarten accordingly. All private kindergartens should have well-qualified teachers, a clean and safe environment and follow a curriculum that is preparing students to be classroom-ready for a successful transition to grade one.

For private middle schools, parents should look for programs that keep their student challenged and engaged, where being smart is supported and the student community is known for acceptance and kindness. Look for teachers who genuinely want to work with this age group and ask about how the curriculum engages the student ages 11-13. Private middle schools should have a plan for preparing students to manage the demands of rigorous high school studies.

Some families opt for a top private high school. These schools offer a rigorous academic program, state of the art facilities, a cohort of motivated students and careful preparation for university admissions. Students receive a top notch education while living at home. Best private high schools will challenge students to achieve not only academic success but personal success as well.

There are a number of factors to consider when seeking private high schools. The school should maintain a superior level of instruction, quality relationships with selective colleges, and additional academic awards and honors. The majority of students should matriculate to selective universities including Ivy League colleges. Next best private high schools will take care to form a diverse student body. This is key to preparing students for living and working in a connected, global society. A diverse student population and opportunities for global learning reveal a school’s commitment to preparing students for the world outside the school walls. Finally, consider the intangible factors. These include the inventiveness of the fine and performing arts programs, rate of student satisfaction with their school, quality and experience of the faculty and sports and lab facilities.

Here are some examples of best private high schools:

  • Winsor School, Boston, MA
  • College Preparatory School, Oakland, CA
  • Collegiate School, New York, NY
  • Princeton Day School, Princeton, NJ
  • St. Ann’s School, New York, NY
  • Germantown Friend’s School, Philadelphia, PA
  • National Cathedral School, Washington, DC
  • University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, Chicago, IL
  • St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, Ridgeland, MS
  • Rye Country Day School, Rye, NY
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