The Pros and Cons of Prep Schools


Adulting is hard. Parenting is even harder.

Sending your child to the right school is one of the most important steps of being a parent, but knowing which one to send them to isn’t easy.

Do you want to send them to boarding school? Prep school? Public or charter school?

There are so many options to choose from! If you are thinking about sending your child to a prep school and have been doing your research for different prep schools, here are a few pros and cons to consider.

Pros of Prep Schools

Sending your child to a prep school has a lot of positives to it. Here are just a few.

Alumni Relations and Networking

When you send your child to a prep school, you can rest assured that they will have a built-in alumni network to work with once they graduate (or even before). This networking is beneficial when your child is trying to get into their dream college, land their first job, or get an internship while still in college.

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Better Technology

Most of the time, private schools have better access to technology because of funding. This could include, but is not limited to, computer labs, individual computers for students to use for school work and in the classroom, and iPads.

There are also many different programs that prep schools invest in for extra resource options for students and families.

Small Class Sizes

Having smaller class sizes means that your child is getting more one-on-one attention from the teacher. This helps with their learning, receiving more feedback, and feeling like they are part of a community.

Cons of Prep Schools

While there are great things that can come of sending your child or children to prep school, there are also a few cons that you and your child may face. Keep reading to learn more about these!

Increased Pressure

Due to the high demand and workload that prep schools can put on children, there is a much higher pressure and stress level. This can lead to negative health effects.

Teachers May Not Be Certified

Because of the private nature of independent and prep schools, teachers do not have to be certified by the state.

This means that teachers who teach at prep schools may not have gone through the certification courses or have their Master’s degrees. They may not even have a teaching degree.

This is not always a problem, but something to be aware of!

Prep Schools: Pros and Cons

Choosing which school to send your kid to is a big decision that you have to make. With this article, hopefully, you now know the pros and cons of sending your children to prep schools.

If you enjoyed reading this article, please consider checking out a few others on our blog!

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About the Author: Wayne Probert

Wayne Probert is a senior reporter at Zobuz, covering state and national politics, and he is a grantee with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Before joining Zobuz, he worked as a freelance journalist in Kentucky, having been published by dozens of outlets including NPR, the Center for Media.


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