Decide which of the available public schools is right for your child.
Public schools differ depending on the area in which they are located. Although it may not be politically correct, the fact is public schools that are located in big cities in poor neighborhoods are inferior to other schools. These schools tend not to get the same funding as schools located in more affluent areas. Without adequate funding, computers are not as widely available to students, as well as up to date schoolbooks and various other materials necessary to keep these students competitive. Moreover, teachers that may be ill equipped are forced to work harder to make up for the lack of proper materials.
In addition to that, it is a fact that as a whole, public school students are not as well behaved or focused as their wealthier counterparts. In suburban public schools and private schools the teachers run the classrooms, not the students. In the poorer area public schools, the teachers spend as much time disciplining the students as they do trying to teach them. As a result, the students that are trying to learn get further and further behind, as there just is no time for them. Parental support is crucial for these students to keep up, but this is not always available to them.
The good news is that public schools in better areas can even be higher ranking than private schools in poor areas. These public schools are equipped with state of the art computers, programs, and materials making them competitive with their counterparts. The students do much better on tests, and the teachers find it easier to devote their time to teaching rather than trying to discipline.
The problem for parents if they are in a poor area is trying to afford private or religious schools. Children do not have a choice of which public school they attend. That is determined by their home address. So they remain at a disadvantage.