Public to Private School: What to Expect

Students at Holy Family Catholic School.

If all you’ve known are public schools, the transition to private schools can be nerve-wracking. But there are multiple academic advantages to attending one of our excellent private schools! Once you and your child are prepared, the transition will be seamless.

Partner With Teachers
Our teachers value open communication with parents and believe that by partnering together, we can set up your child for lifelong success. Talk to your child’s teachers and educate them on his strengths and challenges! Share where you believe there might be gaps in his public and private school educations. His teachers will be more than happy to help him catch up with his new curriculum and make sure he feels comfortable.

Listen to Their Fears
Take time to listen to your child’s concerns over starting at a new school, and make sure that you validate her feelings. Afterward, brainstorm ways to deal with potential problems! Is she nervous about getting lost? Ask to take a second tour where you can map out her schedule until she’s confident. Is she nervous about being behind in a certain subject? Talk to her teachers about support available to her and what they recommend. Help her prepare for her fears while focusing on the positives.

Smaller Class Sizes
Thanks to our smaller class sizes, your child will receive one-on-one attention and differentiated instruction that meets her needs. This supportive environment means students are uniquely equipped for success in high school, college, and beyond.

Get Involved
It’s important that you get involved as a parent and find volunteer opportunities. This will help you enjoy the transition as well! You can get to know the parents of your child’s new friends and learn more about what her day-to-day life looks like in the classroom.

Talk About Uniforms
If your child has never attended a private school, he might be surprised to discover he has to wear a uniform! Talk to your child about the advantages of wearing uniforms. He won’t have to waste time in the morning deciding what to wear, which means he can sleep in later and get ready faster and easier. On the first day, your child will look around and realize he fits right in.

Join The Fun
Get your child excited about the many extracurricular activities her school offers by researching them together. Encourage her to join clubs or sports that she finds interesting! By doing this early on at a new school, she can make new friendships, find her spot in the community, and feel like she belongs.

For more than 50 years, schools in Orlando have been helping children grow to their fullest potential and become leaders within their communities. We offer unique and dynamic learning environments that engage students and encourage them to become confident and responsible adults. To learn more about what makes us different, contact us today.