Surprising Facts About Private Schools

(From the Intellectual Ammunition section in Volume 18, No. 18 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!)

Private_SchoolPrivate schools are good for families, good for kids and good for America,says the Council for American Private Education (CAPE), an organization that champions American private K-12 education.

But you may be surprised at just how effective and beneficial America’s private schools

According to CAPE:

  • One in four schools is a private school.
  • One child in ten attends a private school.
  • Private schools produce an annual savings to taxpayers estimated at $50 billion.
  • Private school students perform better than their government school counterparts on standardized achievement tests.
  • Private secondary school students are nearly 50 percent more likely to take AP or IB courses in science and math than government school students.
  • Sixty-seven percent of private high school graduates attend four-year colleges, compared to just 40 percent of government high school graduates.
  • Private school students from low socio-economic backgrounds are more than three times more likely than comparable government school students to attain a bachelor’s degree by their mid-20s — meaning that private schools contribute to breaking the cycle of poverty for their students. 
  • Private schools are racially, ethnically, and economically diverse. Twenty-seven percent of private school students are non-white; 27 percent are from families with annual incomes under $75,000 (another 18 percent of families did not report income).
  • Gaps between minority students and majority students are narrowed in private schools. Minority students in private schools are more than twice as likely to enter four-year colleges than their counterparts in government schools.
  • The participation of private school students in community service projects is “significantly higher” than their government school counterparts.
  • Many parents want the schools their children attend to help them instill the religious/spiritual values they embrace, and private schools help them meet this goal.
  • A federal survey found that more than three-quarters of private school parents are “very satisfied” with their child’s school, compared with less than half of parents whose children were assigned to a government school.
  • Private school students feel safer in their schools, and statistically are safer, than students in government schools.


Documentation is at CAPE’s website.

No wonder, then, that — to cite another CAPE statistic — a substantial majority of adults believe private schools do a better job of providing a quality education than government schools. And that belief, in turn, is fueling demand among parents for alternatives to the government’s failing education monopoly.

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