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Private schools in N.C. post record enrollments

Posted June 2, 2008

— Almost 100,000 students were enrolled in private schools across North Carolina, setting a new record, according to the state Division of Non-Public Education.

The 97,656 students enrolled in kindergarten through grade 12 in private schools topped the 94,785 enrolled in 2006-07, a new state report said.

Counties with the highest enrollments were Mecklenburg, with 19,502 students; Wake, with 14,696 students; and Guilford, with 7,122 students.

Statewide, 683 private schools operated last year, up from 671 the previous year. Almost three-fourths of the private schools are religious schools, and they enrolled about 71 percent of the students, the report said.


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  • teacher56 Jun 11, 2008

    "With all the liberal junk being passed around in the public schools, private seems to be the only answer. Either that or a daily de-briefing of my children to ensure what is being taught is in line with my values."
    What is taught in public school has nothing to do with "your specific values." Every parent has "specific values." Public schools teach a standard course of study for that particular state. Go over that and decide if that corresponds to what you want. If not, homeschool your child as that is really the ONLY way you will be happy.

  • teacher56 Jun 11, 2008

    This comment is for all the people who feel that public schools fail their children. I was a teacher in both public and private schools and have taught for 24 years now. I have found that parents, whether involved with public or private schools, have already formed their opinions not based on facts pertaining to a personal experience but based on what they "feel." I was working at a private school once and on the first day teachers could get into their classrooms to get set up, a parent comes by to chat. The first words out of her mouth was how she hated the public school her daughter went to and how she "just knows" that this school was going to be wonderful. This parent didn't know me or the school except through word of mouth. People are going to believe what they want to believe no matter the facts.

  • thepeopleschamp Jun 5, 2008

    I'm not going to repeat him but read the post by Glenn Miller on page #1 of this section and that is exactly why our daughter is in private school. And this comes from 2 parents who both work for public schools. It's not the teachers who are to blame. There are great teachers in public schools but they can't teach when they have to referee all day. We had to make huge sacrafices but it is well worth it to have your child in public school. Money well spent.

  • rc4nc Jun 3, 2008

    Is this a surprize to anyone? The key here is the private schools have to answer to the parents, in the public system the parents are being dictated to, I just don't understand why there is such a disconnect between parents and the voting booth, is the current state system the best possible for our children?


  • jsmith3 Jun 2, 2008

    What a shock! We homeschool your youngest and it is great. He loves it and we are so much closer to him than when he was in public school. His "standard test" for end of grade would not be as high if he were in private or public school.

  • colliedave Jun 2, 2008

    As long as the liberals on the WCPSS board run the system as their social experiment, individuals are going to send their children to private schools, or, home school their kids.

  • piratepeople Jun 2, 2008

    I have had 3 children educated entirely in the public school system in Wake County.Most of my education was in this same system. No school system is perfect, but parental support is a key component of a child's education . 2 of my 3 children have college degrees and are working,responsible and productive citizens. The youngest one graduates from high school next week.

  • GetRight Jun 2, 2008

    Why? Even rats jump off a sinking ship.

    The government school system is a sinking ship!

    For those of you who are unhappy with the government schools your children are/will be in but lament the fact that your budget won't support a private school tuition I want to encourage you to look closer at a few things.

    1) What do you have in your life that you could live without if you HAD to? -boat, -car, -memberships, neighborhood, -eating out, -"stuff"?

    You may want to examine these, and other, areas and determine if you have the money to do private going to other things.

    2) Seriously consider home shcooling your children. It is not as big of a deal as some may think. It requires self-discipline, consistency and organization. It DOES NOT require a college education or a teaching degree. There is a tremendous amount of support in NC for those who opt to HS.

    I'd be happy to point anyone who is interested in more info in the right direction. Just post it on my profile.

  • patrick85ed Jun 2, 2008

    What a shock, record enrollment in Private Schools.

  • john283594 Jun 2, 2008

    School vouchers...