Teaching in Private Schools

One option for aspiring teachers is to teach in a private school. Private schools are known for being more disciplined, and give teachers more autonomy in the classroom. Many private schools offer a more rigorous curriculum and smaller class sizes. Many private schools have a much higher level of parent involvement than their public counterparts. Some private schools offer room and board for students who live there during the school session.

Private schools are also self-reliant when it comes to budgets. Without government assistance, they are funded through donations, gifts and tuition. Because of this, some private school salaries are lower than public school positions, but not always.

There are several types of private schools. Some private schools are affiliated with a particular religion. These are called parochial schools and may be supported by organizations such as the Catholic church, Lutheran, Episcopal or Jewish faith. You will find parochial schools at all levels from pre-schools through high schools. Catholic schools represents the largest number of private parochial schools with 7.6 million students in the U.S.

Montessori schools are best known for pre-school programs, but have students through 12th grade as well. These schools are based on the principles of Dr. Maria Montessori, an Italian physician and educator. There are 200,000 Montessori schools worldwide.

Waldorf Schools integrate the arts with academics and emphasize the role of imagination in the learning process. Teaching methods in Waldorf schools are based on the educational philosophy of the Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner. There are approximately 1,000 Waldorf schools in 60 countries with students from age 5to 14.

Special needs schools are usually government funded and are designed for the needs of children with learning disabilities including ADD/ADHD, autism, dyslexia and other learning challenges. Nearly 5.8 million children receive some special needs education either in private or public schools.

Military schools can prepare students for a military career and are often a resource for troubled students who need more aggressive discipline. There are approximately 30 private military schools in the United States, most of which are boarding schools.

Other private schools are independent schools that are not affiliated with any religious groups or particular learning styles. They are note funded by government, and are governed by a board of directors.

If you are interested in teaching in a private school, there are several resources you can look at for private school jobs. The National Association of Independent Schools  represents 1,400 independent schools and has a job board on its website. The Council for Private Education is an advocate for private schools and has a job board as well.