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Is There A Difference Between Public & Private Education?

(illustration by Joaquin Romero) While $13,522 a year is the biggest difference between our school and a public one, there are many aspects that set CB apart from other schools and entice former public students to transfer. With its college preparatory curriculum, abundant student resources, attentive counseling department, and well maintained campus, Christian Brothers High […]

(illustration by Joaquin Romero)

While $13,522 a year is the biggest difference between our school and a public one, there are many aspects that set CB apart from other schools and entice former public students to transfer. With its college preparatory curriculum, abundant student resources, attentive counseling department, and well maintained campus, Christian Brothers High School offers a unique educational experience.

Our school’s rigorous academics may be stressful from time to time, but we’re all aware of its long term benefits. Jahon Eslamian (‘20), who transferred here at the start of his sophomore year, shares his personal experience of switching from one curriculum to another,

“My parents thought it was the better decision for me to transfer because my previous school wasn’t really challenging me enough. It’s helped in the long run as I’m definitely challenged in ways I wasn’t before and I now feel more ready [for college] than I would be at Kennedy.”

Perhaps this is because of CB’s various educational pathways of accelerated, scholars, college prep, and foundational programs. Each of these programs caters to the learning capabilities and individual needs of every student.

Though burdened with a hefty work load, CB students are far from alone with the help of many resources and out-of-class assistance. Transfer Elijah Covington (’21) claims that “the biggest adjustment is definitely having to study more and having to put more thought ahead.”

With this in mind, peer tutoring and a quiet study room are always available to ensure consistent productivity and understanding. Since our student population is 1/2 the size of a Sacramento School District public school, students have more of an opportunity to work with their teachers during office hours to get the extra help that they need. Not to mention, our school-wide use of iPads teaches students to use technology and implement good study habits.

It goes without saying that school and life are stressful, which is why a supportive mentor can make all the difference in a student’s life. Whether you need guidance regarding a personal dilemma, your class schedule, or college information, our counselors work around the clock to advise and assist students.

Elijah and Jahon agree that the counseling department at their old school is nothing like CB’s.

“I feel as if CB offers more help; my counselor is always super nice and there for me,” Elijah stated.

Like many transfer students, I’ve also had the opportunity to expand my horizons and attend Christian Brothers High School. Personally, transferring from a public middle school to a private high school was a tremendous change in my academic career that I didn’t think was possible. The pristine campus and passionate teachers have created an inspiring environment that has led me to be more productive than ever. More so, the entirety of the CB administration and staff is continuously making an effort to improve and further benefit its students.

While private school may be a step out of the comfort zone for some students, it it well worth it. The place to be challenged, encouraged, and inspired, CB is the place to be.

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