One of the myths of a private school education is that it does not provide the depth and breadth of competitive sports and extracurricular activities in the arts. While it is true that some of the smaller private schools simply don’t have enough student bodies to field a large variety of sports teams, most private schools offer an extensive array of advantages beyond the academic.
The truth is that many private schools were originally started because of the need for a more diverse and advanced arts and out-of-classroom experiences. A lot of public schools have been forced to shelve their non-academic programs due to budget cuts and the constraints of meeting federal goals that have nothing to do with arts and sports and everything to due with public support and grants. As this stripping of extra programs in public schools became more pervasive, many parents turned to private schools to fill the need for a more diverse and well rounded education.
Sports programs in private schools can be anything from a small program to a professionally run program operating on fields and in facilities that would make most college campuses turn green with envy. If the right sports program is a real factor in your private school choice, you should definitely check out what your options to make sure they fit in with what you have in mind.
Arts programs in NYC private schools are something of a specialty, with many private schools specializing in incredibly diverse programs with a high level of out-of-the-classroom experience and professional teachers and directors.
The size of the private school and the importance that they place on arts and sports programs will be directly related to the quantity and quality of their offerings. Rest assured, however, that you will find a private school with non-academic programs meet your child’s needs.