So, i went to a private school kindergarten through 12th grade. I was always told how much better of an education I was getting since I wasn't at the local public school, and how much better the mid-size private christian school i went to would look on a college application. All my friends went to private school as well, so none of us ever heard anything different. Once i was in 12th grade and got a job, more of my friends went to the county public school. I was surprised just how smart of kids went there and actually how much better those kids did on average on the AP/IB exams (well, my school didn't even offer the IB program). It really made me question if forking over 5-7K a year for 13 years was really worth it. I am at an average D-1 college now, and all my friends who went to public school are doing just as good as me, if not better.
Another example, I have a friend who goes to a prestigious boarding school in Massachusetts, sort of like a "pre-Harvard" and it costs the parents around 35-40K a year, just for high school. By the time anyone (unless you are insanely rich-which they aren't) is done paying 4 years of that, plus another 4+ years of Ivy-League tuition, no matter how good of a job they get once out of college, it will take years, if not decades to get out of all the debt. Is it REALLY worth it? so by age 50 you can have a net income of $1?
One thing if for sure, if i ever have any kids there is no way I'm over paying this much for an education.
when I was in highschool, I was a huge slacker, still had a 3.4 gpa, and got an ACT 28 (i know it's not fantastic, but it is above average). Now I am doing fine in college while majoring in chemistry.
what about you all? did you go to a private or public school, and do you think it actually made a difference?
will it really help THAT much? I know that going to a good college will help a lot in life money-wise, but high school, really?