You are considering a private school. Why is that? If you believe that by sticking your child in a private school that things will just get better for them, you may be making a big mistake. That is, you should send your child to a private school only if it is going to benefit him, not you. Many parents decide that secluding their child in this type of school will allow them to do better and avoid the problems that teens face. Yet, what you do not know is that they are probably going to face then anyway.
Drugs, alcohol, sex, and other teen pressures will happen no matter where they go and what they do. Instead of making a private school a punishment or a way to try and shield them from this, deal with these problems and then determine if this type of educational environment is right for your child.
When Is It Right?
To know when your child may be better off in a private school, ask yourself these questions.
Do you feel that the school that they are currently in is not capable of providing the academics that you feel are necessary for your child?
Have you tried to work with your teen on how to handle peer pressure, but feel that there is too much danger where they are nonetheless?
Will your child react that this private school is a punishment or will you try to explain to them that this will help them to become a better student?
Does the private school provide for the academics you need your child to have, the type of discipline that you believe in and the means to enforce it?
Will you still commit to helping your child through the problems they face, one on one even if they are not at a school locally?
What do you really want to accomplish from the private setting? Is this realistic?
Take some time to determine what a private school really can offer your child. In most cases, they will still be faced with all the temptations that other teens are. Making the right choice can happen if you to talk to your child, their teachers, and your spouse.
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