Despite the public schools’ proven ability to offer a quality education, the many benefits of Boca’s private schools are difficult to overlook. Among the numerous reasons parents ultimately choose to send their kids to one of Boca Raton’s excellent private schools are the following:
● family-like atmosphere
● smaller student to teacher ratios
● focus on academic excellence (more rigorous instruction)
● focus on college preparedness
● breadth of extracurricular experiences offered
● better equipped to educate special needs students
Very low student to teacher ratios
Perhaps most impressive to note are Boca Raton’s student to teacher ratios. According to real estate website Zillow, their Best Schools listing for Boca shows that area private schools, with a ratio of 6-8 students per teacher on average, have among the lowest student to teacher ratios in the nation.
High costs. Higher competition. Many Choices.
Despite the many benefits of providing your child with a private school education, there are two aspects that many may perceive as negatives. The first is the cost. Public school is free. Private school is not. In fact, it is not all uncommon for tuition to run from $18,000 a year or more per child, depending upon the school. The second possible problem for some may be the competitive application process.
Typically, the higher the cost of the school, the higher the degree of competition for the limited number of available student spots each year. However, many parents say the benefits outweigh the costs. Fortunately, for those parents considering sending their child to a private school in Boca Raton, the choices are virtually unlimited. While there are many secular options, they are matched by a goodly number of schools catering to our major religious sects. Among the choices are Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, and Islamic schools. These varied offerings reflect the diverse population that enjoys calling Boca Raton home.
Secular Private Schools in Boca Raton
Among the private school choices in Boca Raton, there is an ample number of secular offerings. The most popular K-12th schools are Pine Crest School at Boca Raton with just under 900 students and Grandview Preparatory School with just under 230. Summit Private School is also a well attended secular school in the area. Its student population numbering just under 200, attends kindergarten through middle school classes.
Christian Private Schools in Boca Raton
When it comes schools with a Christian orientation, there are a number of both Protestant and Catholic institutions that are well sought after in Boca Raton. The most popular and highly acclaimed of these is Saint Andrew's School, with just over 1,300 students enrolled in grades K – 12. It’s trailed distantly by Boca Raton Christian School, with just under 600 total students enrolled in the K-12 programs.
There are also four well regarded Christian schools in Boca Raton that focus on kindergarten through middle school only. Those include St. Joan of Arc School and Spanish River Christian School, both with close to 600 students, along with St. Jude Catholic School and St. Paul Lutheran School, whose student populations top out at just under 400. Pope John Paul II High School, with just under 500 high school students, is focused exclusively on inculcating the necessary college preparedness skills in teenagers enrolled in grades 9 – 12.
Jewish Schools in Boca Raton
When it comes to Jewish day schools in Boca Raton, the most well-attended is the K-12 Donna Klein Jewish Academy, with just under 700 students. The others have lower student populations and are more limited in scope. They include:
- Torah Academy of Boca Raton, Preschool through Elementary with just under 200 students;
- Hillel Day School of Boca Raton, Preschool through Middle School, with around 450 students;
- Weinbaum Yeshiva High School, grades 9-12 only, with a student population of just over 250.
Islamic Schools in Boca Raton
The best known and largest Islamic school in Boca is the Garden of Sahaba Academy. With a student population numbering hovering around 200, it offers classes from preschool to middle school.
Public versus Private may be a difficult choice
Because Boca Raton’s public schools show an overall average ranking of an impressive 9 out of 10 on the non-profit Great Schools’ qualified scale, the decision between a private school and public school education may prove to be harder than expected. FYI: The Great Schools score is based on analysis of aggregate data which includes test scores, college preparedness, and individual student academic growth within school districts.
With its high caliber schools, both public and private, Boca Raton attracts many new residents moving to the area who are looking to give their children the best opportunities available. If you’re looking for a home in Boca, please contact the Jablon Team. Let us help you find a home near your child’s school.
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