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Considerations for your child's education

Choosing the right school for your family is a top priority, and now the decision is more challenging than ever. With more than 400 private high schools alone in the state of Texas, what is the best way to proceed? Coupled with the number and variety of private schools, is the neighborhood public school which offers a state-approved education funded by your tax dollars. Many factors contribute to a well-informed decision. Consider the following:

  • Your Child's Needs - What does your child need academically, athletically, artistically?

  • Your Family Finances - Where will you get the most value for your dollar?

  • The School's Offerings - Does it have a college-preparatory curriculum? What does the curriculum offer in the way of technology instruction and implementation? What about athletics?

  • The School - Where is it located? Is it accredited? Are the teachers qualified to teach the subject matter? Does it have staff (counselors, nurses, librarians, secretaries) to support the mission of the school? What is the school environment like? What do class sizes look like? How does one make application?

The TCSA schools offer rigorous academics, excellent teachers, small class sizes, and abundant opportunities to their students. We invite you to look at our directory page and plan a visit to the schools nearest you.


By the Numbers


Public School

31%

Private School

62%

Percentage of 2002 sophomores who attained a bachelor's degree or higher by 2012

Public School

88%

Private School

15%

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Percentage of teachers who perceive certain issues as serious problems in their schools


Public School

17%

Private School

04%

Student disrespect for teachers

Public School

07%

Private School

03%

Use of Alcohol


Public School

21%

Private School

04%

Student Apathy

Public School

10%

Private School

03%

Student Tardiness


Public School

30%

Private School

05%

Students Unprepared to Learn

Public School

25%

Private School

03%

Lack of Parent Involvement


Facts & Figures


  • Private school teachers are more likely than public school teachers to report being satisfied with teaching at their school.

  • Private school students are more likely than public school students to complete a bachelor's or advanced degree by their mid-20s

  • 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 teachers are more likely than public school teachers to report having a lot of influence on several teaching practices and school policies.

  • A majority of private school teachers express positive opinions about their principal and their school's management.

  • On average, private schools have smaller enrollments, smaller average class sizes, and lower student/teacher ratios than public schools.

  • Private high schools are four times more likely than public high schools to have a community service requirement for graduation.

  • Students in the lowest SES quartile who attended a private school in 8th grade were nearly four times more likely to earn a bachelor's degree than students from the same quartile who attended a public school.

Source: Council for American Private Education