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US Private Schools

Private schools, also known as independent schools, are not administered by local, state or national governments; thus, they retain the right to select their students and are funded in whole or in part by charging their students tuition, rather than relying on public (government) funding. Annual tuition fees at K-12 schools range from nothing at so called 'tuition-free' schools to more than $65,000 at several prep schools.

The secondary level includes schools offering years 7 through 12 university-preparatory schools or "prep schools", boarding schools, and day schools. Tuition at private secondary schools varies from school to school and depends on many factors, including the location of the school, the willingness of parents to pay, peer tuition rates, and the school's financial endowment. The U.S. Schools claim that high tuition is used to pay higher salaries for the best teachers and also used to provide enriched learning environments, including a low student to teacher ratio, small class sizes and services, such as libraries, science laboratories and computers. Some private schools are boarding schools and many military academies are privately owned or operated as well.

Many educational alternatives, such as independent schools, are also privately financed. Private schools often avoid some state regulations, although in the name of educational quality, most comply with regulations relating to the educational content of classes. Religious private schools often simply add religious instruction to the courses provided by local public schools.

Private schools benefit students by fostering academic excellence and high achievement, educating the whole child within a values-based setting, and preparing youngsters for success in life. For those wanting a caring, challenging, nurturing, safe and secure environment for their children - a place where they can learn and succeed - a private school should be considered.

In 2007-08, statistics regarding private day schools in the United States show that:

  1. There are over 33,740 private schools = 25% of the U.S. schools
  2. Enrolling more than 6,049,451 students = 11% of the U.S. students
  3. Charging an average of US$ 10,045.00 for yearly tuition.

Academic Excellence

The U.S. private schools are known for the high standards they set. They engage students and spark the desire to learn. Teachers expect excellence from students, and students tend to live up to those expectations. The high expectations and academic rigor help account for above-average levels of student success, including higher college-going rates. Those looking to help their children reach their potential in a school committed to excellence should consider a private school.

In a June 2002 report titled Private Schools: A Brief Portrait, the U.S. Department of Education had this to say about the academic performance of private schools:

  • Private school students generally perform higher than their public school counterparts on standardized achievement tests.
  • Private high schools typically have more demanding graduation requirements than do public high schools.
  • Private school graduates are more likely than their peers from public schools to have completed advanced-level courses in three academic subject areas.
  • Private school students are more likely than public school students to complete a bachelor's or advanced degree by their mid-20s.

According to NCES data, 88 percent of private high school students apply to college, compared to 57 percent of public high school students. And reports from the College Board indicate that SAT scores for private school students are well above the national average.

When it comes to challenging students to stretch their capacity, private schools do an exceptional job. Statistics from the College Board and NCES show that for high school seniors, 24.2 percent of private school students took AP exams in 1998, while 9.4 percent of public school students did so. Private schools, which account for only 7.5 percent of all high school students, produced 20 percent of 12th graders who took AP exams in 1998 and 22 percent of those who scored high enough to have the advanced courses count for college credit.

Preparing Good Citizens

Private schools do an excellent job of preparing students to participate in the democratic process. On the NAEP civics test, a test intended to "measure how well American youth are being prepared to meet their citizenship responsibilities," students in private schools scored well above the national average. The above-average private school scores in civics and history show private schools are second to none in instilling democratic principles and preparing good citizens.

Intl. Students (F-1 Visa)

The benefits of studying at Private Schools in the U.S. for the USA Program’s International Students:

  1. USA Program is better enabled to closely monitor our intl. students in a more controlled environment.
  2. Private Day Schools provide a better, more structured level of education; better teaching and instruction; smaller class sizes for more personal attention; and teacher to student ratio is far lower than public schools.
  3. Private Day School participants are offered a chance to complete their entire American high school education in one place/school.
  4. Private Day Schools have far higher standards when it comes to college/university preparation. Statistics show that private school students achieve higher at the post-secondary level.

Here is some information about the International Student Visa (F-1):

  1. The process for obtaining an F-1 Visa is simple. The intl. student must go to their home country U.S. Embassy/Consulate in order to apply/interview with a consulate official, prove financial stability, and prove that they will return to their home country after the study is complete.
  2. When the intl. student obtains an F-1 Visa, they can stay in the U.S. Private School for up to four years, depending on the grade level at which they enter the school. After graduating high school, the transfer to go to a College or University is very simple. The F-1 Visa is good for as long as you are studying in a SEVIS approved school (12 years or more).
  3. When the intl. students have an F-1 Visa, they are allowed to travel back and forth to their home countries when they choose to without re-applying for another Visa. Example: New Year, Christmas, Summer Break, etc.....