Debunking Common Myths About Public Schools
Public schools are great sources of education for kids, but there are many common misconceptions about these schools that parents (and even children) may have that aren't true. To help set the record straight, here are some of the most common myths about public schools and what you can actually expect when you enroll your child into a public charter school.
Myth: Public Schools Are Too Crowded
Although there certainly are some schools that deal with overcrowding, to say that all public schools are too crowded is definitely a misrepresentation. According to the NCES, the average enrollment size of most public charter schools decreased between 2019-2020. This is due in part to the expansion of charter school availability in communities. As more schools have become available, it’s possible to reduce enrollment numbers and spread students out in a more equitable way throughout the community.
On average, public charter schools have a smaller enrollment rate than traditional public schools in the same area. This is one of the huge advantages of public charter schools because class sizes are smaller for great learning. For parents who are concerned about their children getting lost in the numbers, public charter schools help to solve this problem.
Myth: Public Schools Have an Inferior Curriculum
Curriculum standards are set across the state for all public, charter, and even private schools. Even schools that receive no government funding are still required to maintain standards set forth by accreditation organizations in the state. These accreditation standards are very similar for all organizations. The curriculum used in public schools, although it may differ in some minor details, will still be held to the high standards of the accreditation organization in that area.
Myth: Public Schools Are Unsafe
Safety has become a growing concern for parents of both public and private school students. Your child's public charter school is required to adhere to safety protocols that are set forth by the state. These protocols are the same for all educational facilities operating in that state making all schools equally safe.
Myth: Public Schools Provide Fewer Opportunities
Public charter schools work tirelessly to provide students with excellent opportunities for learning, growth, and extracurricular engagement. If you are concerned about your student having more opportunities, it’s imperative that you stay in close contact with the school and take an active part in PTA meetings. This way, you always know what is available for your child.
These are only some of the most common misconceptions about public schools. A public charter school is a great way for your child to get the learning opportunities and education they need. If you are interested in enrolling your child in a public charter school you can feel confident about, don't hesitate to reach out to The Varnett Public School today.