Public vs. Private School: Decisions Decisions.

My little girl Maya starts primary school next year and with mum being a primary teacher, you would think that choosing her school would be a foregone conclusion.  With three public schools in the area and most of them having a good reputation it gives us a number of choices to run with.  But I have a number of friends that are sending their kids to either a private school or catholic private school and they have nothing but great things to say about them.

What the biggest factor will be in our decision will not only be the cost (which is a MAJOR factor in the decision) but the level of care my child will receive.  Other things to consider which influence the decision are:

  • how well is the school resourced?
  • how many children will be in each class?
  • what specialist classes will the school offer?
  • where is the school located?  Is it going to be easy to ‘get in and get out’ in the morning and afternoon or is it going to be a battle royale?
  • will you enforce the traditional values of honesty, hard work and discipline?  There also has to be a good sports program.

There have been a number of articles written on the subject.  One I do like can be found at and offers a non-biased opinion with well rounded statistics.

It is not an easy choice to make and no doubt my wife and I will do what is in the best interest of Maya, and also Noah, in a couple of years.

Are you in the same position as me?  What are you looking for and have you made a choice?  Let me know in the comments section below.


  • The Shep

    Is home schooling an option? She already has a teacher. Bit of a weigh up in costs at times. I think it more matters in finding a ‘good’ school rather than public or private. On saying that, the private schools seem to be better facilitated and of higher quality (until they go broke like the local one did).

  • Pepperama

    Relles plans on going back 2-3 days per week next year so home schooling wouldn’t be an option. She also needs to have the social interaction to assist in her development.

  • Jade

    I think you have to do what works for your family! For us it was about a good location, ie on the way to work, close to home etc, good
    transition program and facilities and other programs and word of mouth normally
    says a lot too! Private vs public, well my rule is if you can easily afford
    private then great but if it means doing it tough and no family holidays and
    extra curricular activities then it’s not worth it because children gain so
    much in terms of learning, confidence, values and overall happiness from a well
    balanced lifestyle, and I think that is more important than putting all your
    eggs into one basket!