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.