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US Education Report

U.S. Department of Education Study Confirms Private Schools Are on the Right Track

Key Findings of the U.S. Department of Education Report “The Condition of Education”

  • Among private schools, 80 percent had enrollments of fewer than 300 students.
  • Private schools’ average student-teacher ratio of 13:1 leads to greater student success in college.
  • Teachers at private schools report having significant influence on teaching practices and school policies.
  • Teachers at private schools report being satisfied with teaching at their school.
  • A majority of teachers at private schools express positive opinions about their school head and their school’s leadership.
  • 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.

Why are independent schools successful? Here’s what the research says.

  • Close-knit communities
  • Individualized attention for students
  • Supportive learning environments
  • High-quality and committed teachers
  • Hands-on learning opportunities
  • Educational experiences beyond the discussion
  • Actively engaged



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