A Look at the Benefits of Choosing a Private College Preparatory School

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With education at the forefront of most parents’ minds, many ask themselves about the benefits of enrolling their children in a private school as compared to a public school.  Preparatory schools help foster students to meet and exceed high scholastic expectations while nurturing them to grow as confident, capable individuals.  Below, you’ll find a brief list of the many benefits private school can offer your student. 

Positive Learning Environment

Prep schools boast smaller class sizes and decreased student-to-teacher ratios, enabling those at the front of the classroom to spend more one-on-one time with each individual student.  This close interaction allows instructors to understand and adapt to the different learning styles of each student, offering a semi-personalized and highly intensive curriculum that helps students meet rigorous academic standards. 

Increased Change of Collegiate Success

On average, private schools boast more demanding graduation requirements than public schools, cultivating a learning environment that prepares students for greater scholastic demands they will meet down the road.  Overall, private school SAT scores and the percentage of advanced-course completion rank higher than the national public school average.  With the increased focus on writing and research skills, academic coaching, and college counseling often found in private schools, 88 percent of preparatory school attendees apply for college as compared to the 57 percent application rate by public school students. 

Abundance of Extracurricular Activities

In addition to providing an excellence-driven academic curriculum, preparatory schools offer a wide array of extracurricular activities to engage students at all levels.  Many institutions offer more art-based opportunities than their public school counterparts.  Balance is at the center of private school life, and maintaining focus between academics and extracurricular activities helps to enable students for greater success. 

If you’re considering enrolling your child in a preparatory school, call the Orinda Academy at (925) 254-7553 to speak with our admissions department.  We offer an advanced, creative curriculum to Bay Area students in grades 6 through 12, allowing students of all learning types reach their scholastic potential.  Contact us today to learn how we can help your student excel.