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N.C. reports record private school enrollment

Posted June 1, 2009

— A record number of students enrolled in private elementary, middle and high schools in North Carolina during the 2008-09 school year, according to state figures released Monday.

The state Division of Non-Public Education reports that 98,545 students attended private schools, up almost 900 from 2007-08. The figures don't include home-schooled students.

Wake County had the second-largest private school enrollment statewide, with 15,123 students, trailing only Mecklenburg County. Durham County had 4,290 students in private schools, while Cumberland County had 3,895.

Across North Carolina, 683 private schools operated in 2008-09, the same number as the previous year. About 71 percent of the schools are religious-based.


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  • dennisspam Jun 2, 2009


    If you see Becauseican's post where she says "she wasn't forced to endure the fights, foul language and fear constantly in the news of public schools."

    My daughter has never seen a fight in school, never been cursed at and has never feared a day of school. I'm sure there are some terrible public schools, no doubt, which is why you check them out. If it says "30% disciplinary problems" then avoid it like the plague, even if it's a "magnate" school.

    But if it's a stereotype to say a person puts there child in a religious school because they fear exposure to the subject and actuality of "sex" in public schools, I think that's a fair stereotype. Same with cursing. Same with religious views (the infamous Darwin debates still raging)

    These are valid stereotypes. Most Private Religious Schools hire substandard teachers. That's a fact. And they provide less certified teaching. Fact. And their end of grade testing is worse than public schools on average in math. Fact.

  • TechRescue Jun 2, 2009


    Put them in the lottery for Raleigh Charter High School. Check out the SAT scores online against the state and county average, then go check out the teachers and the environment.

    Good Luck!

  • Cary2Crafty Jun 2, 2009

    I live in Wake County, and have 2 school-age children. Switching to year round due to medical reasons, I loved it. We DID have a summer break-and a winter break. And breaks in between when you're at the point of needing them. The breaks aren't so long that the kids have to spend most of the first part of the year in review. My son's medical condition isn't severe enough to warrant a Special Needs classroom, but he does need a more tailored teaching plan. An IEP should have worked-if ALL of the teachers would have taken the time to find out what methods work, instead of accusing him of being lazy. We ended up fighting the same IEP battle each year-with a new set of players. Wake County won the battle, or son lost. We enrolled him in a private school SPECIALIZING in kids with LD.

  • Timetogo Jun 2, 2009

    MakoII.. I'm afraid you're not as informed as you should be on this topic. My daughter was in a Christian private school and never did she receive substandard instruction! She is now at the top of her class in college and is grateful she wasn't forced to endure the fights, foul language and fear constantly in the news of public schools. Obviously, there are good and bad of both schools but don't lump them all into your 'substandard' assumption just because some of us choose to be set apart.

  • kal Jun 1, 2009

    the problem with the school systen as a whole is that everyone is entitled to a free and appropriate education by the state-even if they don't want the educaiton or deny others their education. The public schools are all about numbers. How many students from this group/that group did __ on a test, were suspended, dropped out...Public schools are not for education anymore-they are primarily for babysitting. SAD but TRUE

  • FloydRTurbo Jun 1, 2009

    MakoII .... I'm sure you omitted one or two ad hominem broadbrush stereotype generalizations about private school education; but you definitely threw enough in your posts to gin up your like-minded posters.

    We had a choice and chose "private" and never regretted it one day. You have a choice and apparently chose / are choosing the other option. I don't feel a need to insult you for your doing so. That's probably not the only ways we differ.

  • hpr641 Jun 1, 2009

    Everyone tell if I my numbers aren't right: The cost of 1 year of in-state tuition to NC State's Engineering school is LESS than what Wake County spends to educate just ONE 1st grader for 1 year.?

  • weneed2pray Jun 1, 2009

    I am a public school teacher in Wake County. Knowing what I know, my child will attend a Private school her first 5 years of school!

  • nobama Jun 1, 2009

    North Carolina should abolish public schools. In stead all schools should compete for students by doing a better job of teaching kids than other schools in this fair market system. The state could give each child money, but the parents get to decide which school to spend it on. This would mean that failing school would close assuming they all the students left. New schools might be built to compete for those education dollars in this fair market system. This would save the state so much money we would end up with a surplus and better yet better educated children.

  • westoflyra Jun 1, 2009

    I'm definitely for private schools. At least when you drive your kids to these schools that YOU choose, it saves on gas and helps the environment. We do want a "greener" world don't we?