Choice Parents Rate Private and Public Schools

Choice Parents Rate Private and Public Schools
November 1, 1998

Students in private schools are significantly more likely than students in public schools to report a positive educational climate in their school, according to a new report from Harvard University's Program on Education Policy and Governance.

The report, based on data provided by families who applied to participate in the Washington Scholarship Fund, finds:

  • Only 5 percent of private school students reported "I do not feel safe at this school," compared to 21 percent of public school students;
  • Only 18 percent of private school students reported "a lot" of cheating at school, compared to 39 percent of public-school students;
  • Some 72 percent of students in private schools "strongly agree" that "teachers care about students," compared to only 55 percent of public school students.
  • Two-thirds of private school parents were "very satisfied" with school safety, compared to only one-quarter of the public-school parents;
  • Nearly two-thirds of private school parents were "very satisfied" with their school's academic program, compared to less than one-fifth of the public-school parents.