The science is in: Students who attend private high school gain no academic advantages in the short term. Nor do they long term advantages at college, finding satisfaction in the job market or participating in public life, a recent longitudinal study shows.
In fact, research indicates public school students outperform their peers in private school when family background is taken into account, says WCUSD Superintendent of Schools Bruce Harter in his New Year message to parents.
"All three of my children attended public schools from kindergarten through college," he writes. "My youngest, a recent graduate of San Francisco State University, was in two Title I schools.
"So both as a parent and a career teacher and administrator, I’m committed to public schools. There’s no shortage of research that affirms my belief - that public schools are the best preparation for life after high school."