Extra cash isn't the only reason parents choose private schools. Many families send their children to Cleveland's 34 private high schools and 107 middle and elementary schools for individualized experiences and a sense of belonging.
“There are plenty of opportunities to try new things,” says Abigail Steinberg, director of enrollment management at Laurel School, an all-girls school in Shaker Heights. “Students are encouraged to try new sports, audition for the school play, participate in speech and debate.”
Smaller class sizes allow a more personalized experience. For example, University School’s student-to-teacher ratio is 6-to-1, and it offers more than 100 sports, clubs and activities.
“At a smaller school, it is easier for the adult community to have a pulse on the daily happenings of students, greatly reducing social stressors,” Steinberg says. Plus, this sense of community is palpable in the classroom. “The girls hold every leadership role and occupy every seat at the table in class discussions,” Steinberg says.
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