How Will My Child Adjust to Private School?



Are you worried that your child will have a difficult time transitioning to a private school? You’re not alone. Here’s how the benefits of private school help students adjust to their new environment.

Many parents are anxious about the adjustment that their kid will endure when he or she switches to a private school. Never fear! There are many ways through which students at private school can adjust to their new academic environments.

Private schools, unlike public schools, determine whether your child could succeed in the environment they provide. Interviews and admissions tests allow the administrators identify whether your child is capable of adjusting. They will know your kid!

Every type of independent school has different ways of making children feel comfortable, as they all feature different programs and philosophies. However, regardless of the model, independent schools specialize in helping children succeed, and that begins on their first day.

Specialty Schools – These schools have a broad range of focuses like the environment or athletics, will make your child feel comfortable with the school environment because they are geared toward his or her special strength.

Language Schools – At the beginning of the program, most students will be at the same level. Instructors recognize that this adjustment affects everyone.

Schools with Smaller Class Sizes – In a smaller class your child will more easily come out of his or her shell and be able to make friends with other children. Your child’s teachers will also be able to recognize his or her strengths and weaknesses, especially at the beginning of the private school experience. The attention that each instructor will place on your student will help him or her get used to the new arrangement.

Multiple Intelligences – While not every child is academically gifted, each kid has unique gifts, like arts or theatre. Therefore, your son or daughter could feel at home in his or her new setting by building self-esteem through programs that cater to multiple intelligences.

Extra Help – Almost all private schools offer extra help before or after school. So, if, especially early on, your child is struggling in the classroom, his or her teachers will spend out of class time elucidating the material. When I switched to private school in sixth grade, I required a lot of assistance outside of class. But, after a few months of this extra learning time, I was fully adjusted.

Individualized Curriculum – Private schools provide individualized learning environments that are specific to the needs and aptitudes of your child’s learning style. Many private schools divide classes according to each child’s level of education. Furthermore, private schools will put your kid into the necessary support groups to assist them in subjects in which they may struggle. In my first year at private school, I struggled in English and was, hence, in a lower level class. But, by the time I graduated from high school, English was my best subject!

With all of these adjustment aids in place, children generally adjust quite easily to life at private school – they may even enjoy it! However, choosing the right school is a big part of making adjustment seamless – and this can only be left to you. To ensure that your child successfully adjusts to private school, be sure to follow these two key tips:

• Thoroughly research your options. You may find the parents’ step-by-step guide to choosing a private school helpful in your search.

• When you are filling out an application and during your in-person interviews, you should be as detailed as possible. Hiding information about your child, (e.g., learning disabilities) will only make the adjustment process more difficult than it needs to be.

Good luck!

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