So here we go...
Private Schools: Schools not administered by local, state, or national government, which retain the right to select their student body and are funded in whole or in part by charging their students tuition rather than with public (state) funds.
*You can have secular and spiritual curriculum in the school day
*Very nice state-of-the-art facilities
*Better books and supplies
*Small class sizes (1:8, 10-15 students)
*More challenging curriculum
Con's:*Cost. The annual national average tuition cost is $3,267. (based on numbers from US Department of Ed in 2000)
*Teachers are not required to have a teaching degree/teaching license
*Not held accountable to National Education standards
*Students must pass an entrance exam
*May narrow your influence/associations within your community
*May not apply to all private schools.
My 2 cents, for what it is worth...
I did an internship for UEA during college and worked closely with public schools. I agree with and believe that if we, as a society, continue to "flee" from the public school system that it will be weakened and unbalanced in many ways.
I love the thought of tasteful/modest uniforms. It eliminates the peer comparison of fashion and inappropriate dress. Plus, I believe that better dress equals self-respect and better performance.
To include religion in everyday learning...that is AWESOME to me! Not that it can't be accomplished in the home at a separate time.