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Option 2: Private/Independent Schools 

While all of us writers for Scoop On Schools have experience with our school-aged kids in public schools, some of us also have enrolled our children in local private or independent schools. (There is a subtle distinction between the two. We are using the word “Private” since that’s the commonly used term around town.) The differences between private and public schools are sometimes insignificant, and other times quite notable. Over the past few years we’ve had frank conversations with scores of parents about their private and public school experiences. Adding to that our own experiences of both, we want to tell you like it is: the good, the bad, the ugly (and the pretty). Some of it may be obvious, but here goes:

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Assessing the Financial Health of a Private School

If your quest for the best school for your child includes private school options, you’re probably getting geared up to begin the fall open house circuit. As you plot out your plan of attack, be sure to consult the Scoop On Schools guide to making the most of your visits. There’s even a list of questions specific to private school tours to help you chisel down your list. In addition to those basic questions, savvy parents will want to want to go the extra step of researching the financial viability of the schools they’re considering. 

For most families, committing to tuition payments comes with some sacrifice.  So be sure to do your homework.  None of us wants to be facing the abrupt closure of our child’s beloved school, nor the possible loss of prepaid tuition and deposits, such as what happened at the Portland French School last spring.  

But how does a parent sort through all the data to determine a school’s fiscal health?

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