1. Intimate classroom size.
Public schools are often at their maximum capacity. The number of students in public schools far outnumber teachers and staff, hindering their ability to develop personal relationships with every student.
Smaller class sizes, a priority for private schools, offer teachers the opportunity to spend more one-on-one time with each student.
Teachers and support staff can identify and strengthen the students’ weaker areas while tailoring the curriculum to nurture their strengths and passions.
Furthermore, teachers get to know their students better which means they can ultimately provide a more personal and in-depth recommendation letter to colleges.
At Springside Chestnut Hill Academy (SCH), the average Lower School classroom size ranges from 10-20 students, and the average student teacher ratio is 7:1.
Within these small classroom sizes, each teacher’s mission is to advocate for the authentic interests and expression of every individual.
2. A higher standard of conduct.
Private schools place a large emphasis on maintaining high standards of discipline and respect.
They strive to minimize and resolve conflicts as quickly as possible in order to eliminate distractions and allow students to focus on their academics.
The strong sense of community found in private schools also discourages dangerous behavior and encourages a higher standard of conduct among the students.
3. A community greater than just students and faculty.
Private school communities offer a home to more than students and faculty but extended families as well.
Parents and guardians are seen as a part of the private school community. To encourage a close-knit environment, all are offered opportunities to actively participate in school activities.
At SCH, our Parents Association invites every parent to contribute and participate in class trips, event planning and coordination, fundraising, and more. We also host Parent Coffee meetings to provide a time to talk with division heads about relevant topics such as your child’s developmental stages and affording college tuition.
In addition to having a more active role, higher levels of parental involvement can also help strengthen parent-child relationships.
4. Dedicated, well-rounded teachers.
Private schools are often invested in teacher and faculty professional development opportunities throughout the summer months and even during the school year.
In fact, private schools often pay for employees to attend workshops, conferences, and pursue higher levels of education.
By furthering their own personal experience and knowledge, teachers are able to return to the classroom and share what they learn with their colleagues.
At SCH, our faculty averages 18 years of teaching experience while 72% of our faculty have advanced degrees, providing more enthusiasm in the classroom and insight during the college application process.
5. Success in continued education.
As your child is transitioning from adolescence to young adulthood, the best private schools will play a huge role in setting up your child for success in college.
Academically, private schools are designed to be challenging. Students can take honors-level and Advanced Placement (AP) courses, giving them a head start.
In fact, private school students consistently outperform public school students in standardized college admission tests.
In 2014, the American Council of Education
pointed out SAT test-takers from private schools helped boost the national average scores regardless of the school they attended.
Moreover, private schools offer more opportunities for student tutoring and college prep.
6. Ample resources.
From athletic fields to science labs, private school education ensures access to resources public schools might not be able to offer.
Resource access is crucial for students who are looking to try new things, develop their passions, and even pursue a future career within those fields.
With our expansive 62-acre campus, SCH’s facilities are abundant with college-level resources. From our indoor rowing tank and robotics labs (with multiple 3-D printers), to our Lower School maker’s space and neighboring woods, students are lucky to have access to all of this and more.
7. A wide range of extracurricular activities.
The college admissions process is getting tougher every year.
Excellent academics are no longer enough to stand out in a pool of qualified applicants. This means your child’s extracurricular activities are more important than ever.
Private schools are able to offer a wide range of extracurricular activities to their students, including advanced engineering and robotics programs.
Over the past eight years, SCH has placed students into the engineering programs at MIT, Caltech, Penn, Columbia, Brown, Carnegie Mellon, Johns Hopkins, RPI, WPI, Drexel, Temple, Rose-Hulman, and all three military academies. In 2019, SCH’s robotics team won the partner alliance for the FIRST Robotics World Champions.
Similarly, entrepreneurial-minded children would benefit from business and leadership programs available in some private schools.
SCH also proudly boasts a trademarked and internationally-taught Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL) program
where students work to develop four key traits: opportunity seeking, creative problem solving, resilience, and resourcefulness. All traits that empower students to shape their futures and the growing world.
Why You Should Choose SCH
Springside Chestnut Hill Academy (SCH) offers a superior educational experience that prepares students to be considered for the top colleges and universities in the world.
Our curriculum is tailored to your child’s age, gender, and learning style which allows them to feel comfortable exploring a variety of subjects.
We believe in equipping children with real-world skills that will help them stand out in a highly competitive environment—without sacrificing play or giving up their passions.
For example, our engineering and robotics program is a combination of project-based instruction and playful, competitive challenges to help shape the engineers and scientists of the future.
With over 150 years of tradition, community, and academic excellence behind us, we are proud to offer a superior educational experience that enables our students to lead incredibly fulfilling lives inside and outside the classroom.
Private school education has many benefits, including a close-knit community and success in continued education.
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