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    Ask This When Choosing a Private School
    While many middle class families consider private school to be for upper-class families, more parents are considering sending their children to private schools because of concerns with the public school system. A big selling point of private schools is smaller class sizes, which gives students more quality attention from their teachers. Also, private schools aren't bound by the same standardized regulations as public schools, which helps teachers teach with less pressure. On the other hand, private schools don't offer the same social opportunities as many public schools, and some may be inadequately equipped to deal with emergencies. Also, students who attend private school aren't guaranteed to do well academically. Private school is expensive, and the benefits of private school should be weighed against the drawbacks.
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    What is your school's basic philosophy on education?
    Different schools have different sets of beliefs when it comes to education, not just in the religious sense. Be sure to ask what the school's basic philosophy of education is to see if it lines up with your own beliefs on how your child should be educated. If you and the school don't see eye to eye on this basic concept, then you'd probably be best looking elsewhere.
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    What options do you have for financial aid?
    While private school tuition is expensive, parents don't have to shoulder the benefit of the cost alone. Private schools usually have financial aid options for parents to explore. Ask whether there are options that you can explore for helping pay for your child's tuition costs.
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    Do you offer scholarships?
    Some private schools offer scholarships for students, which can be based on any number of factors. Ask the school whether they offer any scholarships that your child may qualify for to help offset the cost of tuition. 
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    Do you offer a payment plan?
    The cost of tuition for private school can be prohibitive for many families. To answer that need, many private schools offer affordable payment plans to help ease the burden of tuition. Ask the school whether they offer a payment plan, what the terms are, and whether or not you qualify. 
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    Is this a religiously-based school?
    Many private schools are religiously-based, but not all of them. Ask each school whether it is based on any particular denomination or doctrine, and choose the appropriate school based on your own beliefs and preferences. 
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    Which grade levels do you offer?
    When looking for a private school, ask which grade levels are offered so you know whether your child will need to switch schools later on. 
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    Is there any requirements for parental involvement in school activities?
    Some private schools have requirements for parents as a condition of enrollment. Depending on your schedule, this may be difficult to maintain and should be carefully considered when choosing a private school for your child. 
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    What degrees do members of your teaching staff typically hold?
    Don't be afraid to ask what the degree requirements the school has for their teachers. If education is your top priority, you will want to be sure that the teachers at the school are fully qualified to be teaching your child. Since you'll be paying your hard earned money for your child's education, finding out the quality of education is of utmost importance.