High school is a stage in a student’s life when their parents are statistically more likely to invest in private education.
It may be because parents feel this will maximise academic potential and set students up for a more successful tertiary education.
In some cases the child may have a specific interest or talent that a particular school can nurture and further develop better than others.
Some private schools offer boarding facilities, be it for weekdays or the full term.
Reasons for boarding a student range from simple practicality – such as being preferable to having the child return to an unsupervised home, or living too far away from the school - through to wanting to instill a sense of independence.
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Then there are single-sex schools. There are various arguments about whether these are beneficial.
The research results from countless studies varies from simply being as good as any other private school, through to some students performing better than their counterparts who are in a co-educational environment.
Another option is independent schools that offer a hybrid between single-sex and co-education.
These schools will separate boys from girls in all, or almost all, subjects some years and also have separate classes for core subjects in senior years.
These hybrids aim to offer the best of both worlds, giving their students the social skills they need to mix with and communicate with both genders, but to also focus more on academic achievement. There’s a lot to consider given the range of choice on offer.