Sabtu, 24 Maret 2012

Independent Private Schools

A school which does not fall under the control of the local LEA (Local Education Authority) in England is considered to be private or independent. An independent school does not depend upon government or councils for funding through tax payer contributions, instead being financed through tuition fees and gifts.

There are more than 2500 independent private schools in the UK today, catering for about 7% of all children in education. These independent schools offer more flexibility than they used to with regards to the way they operate. Many larger schools are now co-education, the more traditional education system in private schools favoured same sex schooling. These larger independent schools frequently offer day, part time boarding, and full time boarding. Day schooling may be preferable to those living in the vicinity of the school, and fees are of course greatly reduced.

State funded schools controlled by these LEAs have less freedom and choice when it comes to the curriculum they teach. The government dictates what must be in the syllabus. However the government has no control over the syllabus of independent private schools granting them the ability to teach a wider range of subjects. These private schools tend to have a greater range of extra curricular activities than their comprehensive counterparts, usually consisting of a wide choice of sports and art based projects.

The Independent Schools Council is quoted as saying that due to their charitable status independent schools in the UK receive £100million in tax relief and return £300million of fee assistance in public benefit, relieving the 'maintained sector', ie the state schools, of £2billion in costs.

Preparatory, or prep schools for short are independent schools designed to prepare pupils for their education at a secondary level private school. Pre-Prep schools are those which cater for children aged under seven years of age, where they are prepared for education at the preparatory school. Boarding preparatory or boarding prep offer the same level of flexibility as independent private schools, usually offering a day school, part time, and full time boarding education to its pupils.

The benefits of a private education are easiest surmised by their results. Private boarding school pupils will usually achieve higher results than their state school peers in most or all areas of education. This may be due to the lower teacher to pupil ratio, the quality of the facilities and resources, which are usually of a higher level than those available in state schools, and the freedom of the schools to teach as they see fit for their pupils, not as they are told to in a 'one fit for all' state system.

The continued proximity of staff and pupils which forms part of a boarding routine has been said to lead to higher levels of discipline, maturity, and lower levels of stress in schools children. Better teacher to pupil relationships may be formed allowing the child to express themselves more openly and not be afraid to say if something is wrong. Independent boarding schools also offer a high level of safety to pupils. By staying within the secure grounds after the school day ends pupils are less likely to come across negative influences or unsafe situations.

When choosing an independent private or preparatory boarding school research all of those which appeal to you, but remember to talk to your child about what is important to them too.

Kamis, 08 Maret 2012

Five Leading Schools

A good online education institute should have several qualities that make them a top-notch school. Among them are accreditation, flexibility, and student support systems. The following schools have all of these. While these schools have good reputations as online college institutions, there are many more just as good. The most important factor for selecting the college or university is that it is right for you.

University of Phoenix.

Founded in 1976 the Uof P is the largest private college in the US. with more than 150,000 students. The North Central Association of Schools and Colleges and the Higher Learning Commission accredit Uof P. Its Masters in nursing school is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing, and it's counseling tract by the Council for Accreditation in Counseling and Related Educational Programs. Uof P is an entirely online learning institute. New classes start each week, so it is very flexible. The counselors will help you with registration, answer questions about financial aid or other questions. The University of Phoenix has a large selection of degrees and classes you can attend. Doctoral students are required to have 19 days of residential instruction.

Capella University

Located in Minneapolis, MN, Capella is accredited by the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges, and the Higher Learning Commission. It currently has approximately 19,000 online students. Classes start continuously, so you can enter a program at anytime. Materials are available 24/7 on the Internet. You can receive credit from previous experience through a DANTES exam or from previous classes through a CLEP exam. Capella University has five schools: Business and Technology, Education, Human Services, and Psychology.


Aspen was the first University to offer a 100% online masters degree in business (MBA). Twenty-five years later the school still offers accredited online college degree programs. The Distance Education and Training Council Accrediting Commission accredit Aspen. Internet classes last eight weeks and start five times a year. You can earn credit by exam through DANTES and CLEP examinations. Aspen is an adult-focused college, with course work entirely online. Programs in business, technology, education, nursing and criminal justice are offered. Aspen offers a decrease in tuition if paid up front: a bachelor's degree will only cost 4,500 plus the cost of books.


The Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology accredit Westwood. Online courses are offered for seventeen degrees. This includes computer science, criminal justice, graphic design, and fashion merchandising. With accelerated programs you can finish an associates degree in 17 months and a bachelors degree in 3 years. Westwood utilizes modern computer technology to provide an interactive, hands-on approach to education. Westwood also offers employment assistance.

Walden University

North Central Association of Schools and Colleges and the Higher Learning Commission accredits Walden University, founded in Baltimore, MD. Walden's online courses have frequent start dates. Degrees in education, health and human services, management, psychology, nursing, engineering and public policy administration are available. The Commission on Collegiate Nursing accredits the masters in science of nursing program and the education tract is accredited by CCNE. Advisors will help you decide on the program for you.

There are literally hundreds of campus based colleges and universities as well as online colleges and universities that offer a multitude of degrees online. There is absolutely a school and program that will meet your needs. The flexibility of an online degree education program will allow you to complete a degree and still meet your other obligations, such as work and family. Take the time to go get on the Internet and go to an online college website and get the information you need to make an informed choice.