There are many reasons why parents send their children to private schools versus public schools. The advantages of private school systems will be outlined below.
Independent schools are subject to state regulation. The regulation of these institutions is usually under loose conditions which frees the institution to promote the beliefs, values, and practices they favor. This reason makes the private school sector appealing to many families and students.
One of the many advantages are that the parents are paying for the children's education directly. When paying for education directly there is more control of what and how things are done in the school. Parents tend to be more active in the education of the children and volunteer at the institution more frequently.The independent sector tends to have less students than the public system. Many families enjoy the low student to teacher ratio in the classes. This helps the child receive more one on one attention that they may need and may not be receiving in the public institution.
Children may have talents that are not being met in the public sector such as music or dance. The independent institution may offer the students more classes that enhance their talent. Schools offering some of these extra programs may help enhance the children's education.
Not all children learn the same way. For these students there are online independent tuition programs available. These programs help with the shy child who may be intimidated or dominated by stronger classmates. These students have more time to gather their thoughts and respond to questions eliminating hasty answers. Some children don't perform well during normal school hours. These online schools allow children to learn when it is optimal for them.
Families may enroll children in private parochial institutions because of religious beliefs. Separation of church and state does not allow children to practice their religious beliefs in the public institutions. Parochial institutions offer religious education and celebration along with academic support.
Families in these institutions often enjoy a sense of community not found in the large public school system. Families in these programs generally have more things in common and will tend to become friends. There are often more opportunities from fundraisers, auctions, volunteering, sporting events, music events and possibly religious celebrations in these institutions for the parents to meet one another.
When there are a smaller amount of children in an institution there tends to be many long term advantages. Independent institutions tend to have lower drop out rates and more of the students go on to attend college by percentage. Higher scores on standardized tests and college exams are achieved by the children.
Discipline is another advantage in a tuition institution. Because of the lower student to teacher ratio students can be disciplined individually and not as a class which is not an effective way of discipline.
It is difficult to expel children from public schools. When children in an institution with tuition are non-compliant they can be removed from the school easier making the environment better for the other students. This results in fewer drug problems and less reports of violence in the private system.