What are the Pros and Cons of a Public and Private School for SPED Students?
Updated: Nov 19, 2022
It depends on the school district and its resources. Public schools have more IEP supports and safeguards than private schools (due to federal laws like IDEA), but some private schools are better equipped to handle special needs students than public schools. So it depends on the particular case.
One advantage of sending a child with special needs to a private school is that they may get more one-on-one attention since there are typically fewer students in each class. Also, private schools sometimes have smaller classes, which can benefit kids who need extra help to keep up with the curriculum.
On the other hand, public schools are often better funded and have more staff members specifically trained to work with special needs students. Public schools are also required by law to provide an IEP for each student with special needs, which can ensure that the child is getting the services and supports they need to succeed.
So it depends on the individual child's needs and which type of school is better equipped to meet those needs. The decision to send a child with special needs to a public or private school should be made in consultation with the child's educators, therapists, and other experts.