I attended private schools from kindergarten through secondary school and was often told by the faculty that students who attended private schools got a better education, one that made them more prepared for college, than a public school education could provide.
There are many issues that complicate a fair comparison between the two, including:
- Parents of private school students are more likely to take interest in their children's performance because they are paying a lot of money
- Private schools have a reputation of higher teacher to student ratio
- Private schools can be more selective in which students are accepted
Is there any research that shows that one type of education is better than another, while accounting for the various demographic differences between private and public schools?