Moms Talk Q&A: Is Private School Worth the Expense on the South Fork?

Public versus private, does it really matter?

show that public schools in the town of Southampton meet or exceed state expectations, and local public school students outperform the state average on most Regents Exams.

Southampton Town public schools have relatively small class sizes and have less incidences of violence than some up-island schools, where parents may be more inclined to send their children to private schools so their children are safer and receive a better education.

For some parents, it's not only about the quality of education. Catholic families who want their children to be educated in a religious atmosphere have in Southampton and in Sag Harbor to choose from locally. Once they reach high school age, they can continue their Catholic education at in Riverhead.

For a secular private education, there is in Bridgehampton, for children from pre-nursery through fourth grade. The , for fifth through 12th grade, is in East Hampton.

Some parents, after sending their children to private school through eighth grade, choose to send their children to public high school so they can take part in a sports program the private high schools don't offer.

This week's Moms Talk topic is: Considering the quality of local public school districts, is sending your children to private school really worth the expense?

Please feel free to share your thoughts, concerns and more in our comment section.

And you can still weigh in on .

Christina Strassfield March 09, 2011 at 10:39 PM
I guess I would have to say that I am biased as I serve on the Southampton School Board but the quality of education my children have and continue to receive is truly exceptional!
Anastasia Gavalas March 14, 2011 at 01:40 PM
As a parenting and educational consultant and mother of five I can certainly tell you that the American Public School System is dated and failing children across the nation. I can also tell you that private, independent, religious, and charters are also failing children on a smaller scale. Private does not necessarily mean better. Do I receommend private to my clients? No, I recommend that parents get involved in their children's schools and get to know what is really going on good and bad and make decisions based on the child and the dynamics of the school. There are good teachers and bad teachers in every school. Personally, I have all five of my children in Southampton Schools and they are all doing well and have had some wonderful teachers. In either path, whether public or private, if there is no attention paid to the social-emotional development or to differentiate instruction based on the individual, schools are not doing their job. I believe parents must be advocates for their children and get to know the kind of learners they are so that they can work together with their teachers and school in order to provide them the best possible educational experience. Above all, parents need to keep being vocal about meeting the individual needs of all children and getting the educational experience everyone deserves no matter public or private.


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