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Why aren't the Private schools rated?

Asked by margielawrence, Lawrence, KS Thu Nov 15, 2012

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Why aren't Private schools rated? Because it's private! (Just kidding) -- Public schools are rated by public standards and private schools can be rated by test scores and the performance of their graduates. The student and student's parents/counselors/guardians, are challenged to research and validate claims made by the school(s). General information can be obtained online.
This brief is part of the Lawrence, Kansas, Bishop Seabury Academy webpage:

Bishop Seabury maintains an effective 6:1 student-teacher ratio and an average class size of 10-15 students so that teachers can offer individual attention to each student. Teachers know their students’ strengths and weaknesses, their habits, and their passions.

Academic excellence is driven by a strong and inspiring faculty, 85 percent of whom hold advanced degrees. Many are authorized to proctor College Board AP Exams. The Faculty at Seabury have received many awards recognizing them as committed and engaging educators who excel at teaching. Bishop Seabury academics emphasize a core curriculum, and our honors courses are tailored to this end. The six year academic program is a graduated and logical progression of study that prepares students for the rigors of college.

Our standardized test scores indicate the success of our academic program. Our average SAT score is 200 points above the national average, and at Seabury, it is not merely our best students who take the SAT. In Kansas, statewide participation in the SAT is 7%, whereas 100% of our students take the SAT. Our ACT scores average 26 (the national average is 21). And we have more National Merit Semifinalists per capita than our regional public schools or fellow independent schools.

Despite the success of our students on standardized testing, our teachers do not simply “teach to the test.” Our goal is to develop confident, engaged, and broad-minded young people who can be successful in the real world and truly become life-learners.
Is there a standard for assessing or evaluating private schools? I have always relied on parent and student testimonials.
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Hi Margie!

My daughter's been at Prairie Moon for 4 years now - please feel free to call me if you'd like some inside info. It's a pretty special place. You can also have a look at one of Prairie Moon's music fests at the link below.

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Much like home schooling is not rated because it is not part of the public school system, private schools are not included in the national school rankings/ratings.

Private schools do have ratings but are done on a more "private" basis which emphasizes the individual school rather than the collective private schools.

Working with a REALTOR who is a local expert can tell you about the private schools available in the area you are moving to such as Lawrence Kansas and can help you find the ratings for private schools.

Please see the link below on a private school here in Lawrence Kansas that I wrote about.
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Lawrence has excellent schools both public and private. If you have a particular school in mind for your student and would like the contact information for a parent whose child is currently enrolled, simply let me know and I will make it happen.

Best wishes,
Stan Trekell
Realty Executives
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