Advantages and Disadvantages of Private School


1. Private schools can be very expensive.  Make sure you chose wisely.

Boarding school costs can range from upper $25,000 to $45,000 per year.

Canyonville Christian Academy keeps their costs down by keeping very little debt. Their facilities and buildings are largely paid for by supporters and alumni of the school.  Thus the school is able to pass the savings on to students and their families in the form of very reasonable tuition.

2. Students are sometimes shielded from social challenges. 

Private schools usually prohibit the use of drugs, alcohol or sexual activity.  These choices are sometimes left to the student in a public school setting.  Some parents feel that their children need to be faced with such choices and learn to develop their own judgment.

3. Public school curriculum tends to offer diverse philosophical curriculum, allowing the student to see the world through the lens of many different ethnic, religious or sexually oriented ideas.

By contrast, private schools are often founded in a religious tradition.  In the United States most private boarding schools were founded in the Catholic or Episcopalian tradition.  (Canyonville Christian Academy is the oldest, continuously operating, evangelical private boarding school in America)


1. The student will likely get a better education.

This is no small point.  After all, this is the purpose of school.  Beware, there are terrible private schools too, where students graduate without barely knowing how to read.  But compared to the public school system in the United States and in many countries abroad, a private school education is far superior.

Graduates of Canyonville Christian Academy have attended and/or been admitted to some of the top universities in the United States such as the University of California – Berkeley, Northwestern University (IL), & Columbia University, 

2. The student will mature more rapidly.

Students attending boarding schools, in particular, will learn how to clean their rooms, take care of their own laundry, and be forced to deal with personal conflicts in a way that can never be learned in the protective shell of home.  Some of the world’s greatest leaders, sports stars and entertainment figures had a boarding school education.  This includes numerous American presidents, European Kings and Queens and British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill.

At Canyonville Christian Academy, students not only learn essential life skills in a safe and encouraging environment but they are also gain global perspective as they live with other students from around the world. Canyonville Christian Academy has had students from 57 countries attend its school.

3. Private schools usually have better teacher – student ratio.   

This is an important factor in learning math, science and foreign languages.  In contrast, a student in a large classroom setting can sometimes get lost.

The teacher-student ratio at Canyonville Christian Academy is 12-1.

4. Private schools have better discipline.

This is because public schools in most countries are forced by law to accept all children in their geographical areas and are paid government money based on the number of students in attendance.  This makes expelling a student both difficult and expensive.

In a private school the reverse is the case.  A troublesome student upsets teachers and fellow students and can cause others to drop out if he or she is not expelled immediately.  Parents are suddenly involved.  They have paid money for their son or daughter to attend the school in question and they will become more insistent in assuring that their child cooperate.

Canyonville Christian Academy is dedicated to raising up young men and women who are leaders of outstanding character.

5. Students from private schools are more likely to graduate from a university and with better grades.

Again.  Nothing can be assumed and much depends on the particular school you attend but in general, private school students are more likely to advance their education at the university level.  This is often because they are forced to develop study habits in the private school setting, especially at the boarding school where peer pressure and dorm rules require completion of home work.

Canyonville Christian Academy desires to see each of its students succeed. Therefore, this private school has systems in place that promote the development of various skills in its students such as time management and self-discipline. 

6. Private schools are safer. 

They have a better safety record over public schools.  This may be in part because of stricter private insurance requirements that public schools do not need to fulfill.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Private School

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