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Should You Send Your Child to a Public Charter School?

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When you are trying to decide what to do about your child's kindergarten through eighth-grade education, you may be faced with a number of choices. There are traditional public schools, of course as well as private schools to consider. However, one option you may not have considered yet is a K–8 public charter school. Public charter schools can offer numerous benefits to the children who attend them. Before you make your final decision about your child's education, get to know some of the reasons you may want to send your child to a public charter school. Then, you can be sure you make the right educational decision for your child's educational future. 

You Get to Choose Your Child's Education

If you are considering just standard public school for your child's education, one of the factors you may have yet to consider is that you will not have a choice as to what specific school your child attends. Public schools are based on neighborhoods and specific areas of population. So, if you live in an area that does not have the best public school, you will not necessarily be able to put your child in a different school. You would have to move house, generally to a more expensive area, to get your child into a better school.

Charter schools, on the other hand, are all about choice. They are not based on the neighborhood surrounding them. Anyone can apply to and get accepted into a public charter school. This means that you can choose between any of the public charter schools in your city for your child, giving you the opportunity to ensure your child gets a top-notch education. 

Your Child Will Have Smaller Classes

In comparison to standard public schools, children in public charter schools have smaller classes. This means that there are fewer students per teacher which in turn means your child will get more one-on-one attention from their teacher(s). When children get more attention from their teachers, they tend to do much better overall academically, learn at a greater pace, and have a much more positive experience in the classroom overall. They also get the chance to bond with the other children in their classes and form meaningful friendships in the process. 

Your Child Will Have a Diverse Learning Environment

Because public charter schools take children from all areas of a city, your child will get to learn in a diverse learning environment. This means they will get more of a taste of the real world where people of all races, socioeconomic classes, and walks of life intermingle and work together. Such a learning environment is highly beneficial to malleable young minds as they will learn to embrace and enjoy diversity. 

Now that you know some of the benefits of public charter schools, you can be sure to set up an appointment to visit or apply to a public charter school in your city as soon as possible.