A child having to change schools can be very hard no matter what their age. Moving from a public school to a private school can be especially difficult. There are many differences; it is almost like culture shock for children. Not only are they changing schools and leaving their friends, they will be encountering a new dress code, and very different rules and regulations. It is important for parents to point out the positives of their new school, here are some other ways to help your children adjust to attending a private school.
Visit The School Together – It is important to involve your child or children as much as possible when deciding on moving them to a private school. Try to bring them with you when you are interviewing possible private schools, this way they can feel a part of the decision. Once you have chosen the private school they will be attending set up meetings with the teachers, and make times for your children to tour the school. This will help them feel more comfortable about the school and not be surprised by the differences coming from a public school.
Encourage Them To Keep In Touch With Friends – You want to make sure your children make the effort to get to know the students and their new school and make friends. Another way you can help your children adjust to private school is to be sure they still make time for their friends from their old school. You do not want them to feel like everything in their life has to change, they need to keep a sense of the familiar. Spending time with their old friends and still participating in sports, dance or other activities they are already involved in is a good way to keep a normal routine.
Help Them Express Their Personality – One thing your children will probably dislike the most is having to wear a school uniform. Most private schools, religion based or not have some type of uniform or pretty strict dress requirements. If your child is coming from a public school where they do not wear uniforms they will definitely be resistant to this change. It will make them feel forced into something they do not like. One way parents can help with this adjustment is to let them express their personality as much as possible without breaking the private school dress code. Give them the opportunity to choose the outerwear, backpack, purse, bag, shoes, jewelry and hairstyle with as much leniency as possible. You want them to have some sense of control and their own identities even though they have to follow certain rules.
Accentuate The Positive – Another thing we can do as parents to help ease the adjustment from public to private school for our children are to make them aware of all the positive things at their new school. Private schools usually have the ability to create specialized programs for their students. Your child will probably be excited to know they will have access to different clubs, electives and classes that are not offered at most public schools. Private schools usually have smaller classes so your children will get more teacher time. Teachers at private schools also in general receive higher compensation which in turn means highly motivated and excited teachers. Your child will be able to extra help and resources that many public schools unfortunately do not have the funding to provide. This means they will have more help and opportunities to pursue their future academic dreams.