If you have a child that has been going to public school their whole academic life but is going to be transitioning to a private high school, you may find yourself wondering what you can do to help them prepare for the changes they will be facing. After all, there is a big difference between private and public schools. Get to know some of the ways you can help prepare your public school child for the private high school experience. Then, you can be sure you are doing everything you can to ensure your child's success in their new school environment. 

Let Them Know Rules Are Stricter

The first thing your child needs to know about private high school as opposed to public school is that the rules of conduct and academics are often much stricter in a private school. Teachers and staff have higher expectations of students and will enforce the rules more than the teachers might in a public school. 

This means your child will need to be on their absolute best behavior when attending private high school. One rule violation can result in detention or worse. And, nobody wants to deal with disciplinary matters, especially when they are just beginning high school. 

Let Them Know It's Okay to Be Nervous

Transitioning to high school is tough and going from public school to a private high school can be a tougher transition. Your child may not know anybody matriculating into their new school and it will be like a completely fresh start for them. 

So, let your child know that it is okay to be nervous about their new school. A private school may seem scary in theory, but once your child gets there, they will see that there was nothing to fear. They will have great teachers, classmates, and staff there to support them. 

Let Them Know They Will Have Wider Class Choices

One of the biggest benefits of private school over public school is that there are often a lot more elective classes to choose from. This means that your child will get to try a variety of things in their high school career that they might not be able to do in public school, particularly in terms of the arts.

This can help your child become more excited about switching to a private school. Their class choices will be wide and varied. 

Now that you know some of the ways you can prepare your public school child for a private high school, you can get started helping your child right away.

Reach out to a local private high school to learn more.