Top Reasons to Choose a Private Elementary School
A child’s educational journey will see many stages over the twelve years they are in school before deciding whether or not to pursue higher education at the college level. During elementary school, the years between kindergarten and fifth grade, students not only acquire the basic skills of reading and writing, but they also learn what it means to be a student. Elementary school students go through many changes physically, socially, and emotionally. A safe and supportive school environment is critical to a child’s development. There are five critical elements to consider when contemplating sending your child to a Private Elementary School. They are the coed educational environment, putting one’s values into action, acquiring and refining leadership skills, developing executive functioning skills, and value.
Coed Educational Environment
Many people have debated whether coed or single-sex schools have more benefits for students. The fact remains that research over the years is not conclusive if one system has an advantage over another. Like most decisions in life, the decision to send your child to a coed or same-sex school should be made by families depending on the needs of the child.
Students who do not have a chance to work with students of the opposite gender can, at times, not develop the skills to interact with the opposite sex. By practicing these interactions in a controlled environment, such as school, students can master these social skills and prepare them for life working in group settings in the workforce. Boys and girls learn and process things differently, and a coed environment gives students the chance to learn how to work with one another. This diversity in the classroom allows students to learn how to treat each other with dignity and respect. The result is that students learn that males and females each add value and contribute to society equally.
Values in Action
Private elementary schools also allow students to put their values into action. Elementary school students are idealistic by nature. By attending a private elementary school, students learn how to integrate their values, idealism, and intellect and put these components into action. At The School of the Cathedral, we do this by having students participate in service opportunities from a young age. Cathedral students make casseroles for Our Daily Bread, collect non-perishable food for CARES Food Pantry,
Students long for independence. However, when starting elementary school, many students have not had the chance to take on many leadership roles. At Cathedral, our elementary school students are offered leadership opportunities at a young age. Students work in our Learning Garden, taking responsibility for various veggies and herbs. Another leadership opportunity in elementary school is through our extracurricular activities - band, musical theater, running groups, and other opportunities are venues in which older students can encourage and support younger students in these endeavors. This also affords the students a chance to explore their interests and find a creative niche to delve into their passions.
Executive Functioning Skills
While developing their leadership skills and putting their faith into action, students must also meet the rigorous academic requirements private schools maintain in elementary school. At Cathedral, our community of elementary school teachers knows each student. Every child has an adult advocate to help them be successful. This is evidenced in the executive functioning skills the students develop. Teachers work with students to help manage their time, goal setting, and long-term planning. Furthermore, the focus on critical thinking, creativity, communication, and collaboration provides students time to practice working with others while trying to achieve their own academic goals.
Private elementary schools provide excellent value to the students and their families. Although private elementary schools are tuition-driven, the value proposition is undeniable. Smaller class sizes mean that no child falls through the cracks and students are seen as partners in their education rather than empty vessels into which knowledge would be poured. While public schools are not tuition-driven, they can struggle to provide the same level of service to families due to the larger school population. Private schools such as Cathedral offer generous tuition assistance packages, providing your child a private elementary school education at a more affordable rate than you might think.
-Dr. Michael Wright, Principal, The School of the Cathedral
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