Do prep school kids have an advantage over public school kids?
The average preparatory high school in the U.S. costs nearly $13,000 per year (and some can be as much as $25,000 or more per year). And with a price tag that large, one would assume there is a BIG benefit to enrolling.
And, of course, there is. Expensive programs like that come with a lot of resources for students, great teachers, more access to teachers, more one-on-one support, etc. They also come with a very strong brand and, oftentimes, with a strong connection to the admissions offices at elite universities across the country. And while public schools continue to see their guidance counseling/college counseling budgets getting slashed, these schools tend to put a HUGE emphasis on college preparation. They are called 'preparatory schools' for a reason!
So, yes, there is an advantage to going to prep schools. Just as there is an advantage going to non-preparatory private schools.
But that doesn't mean that every student who graduates from a prep school is going to be successful (or more successful than a public school student). Nor does it mean that students who go to public schools can't be successful. (After all, there are thousands and thousands of public school kids at top colleges all across the country. If that's not proof of the opportunities for public school kids, I don't know what is!)
It is all about what you and your student make of whatever school he or she is in. If you, as the parent, stay involved in your student's education and college preparation, and you are aware of what he/she needs to do in order to get into a great college, you don't NEED a prep school to be successful. It is true that most public schools will not offer the same sort of intensive college preparation that prep schools will, but that's OK. Because YOU can take charge of that process and YOU can make sure your student is making all the right moves and taking all the right steps. And so long as he or she is staying actively engaged in school (and taking challenging courses!), and is also getting involved/staying involved in activities he/she is passionate about throughout high school, he or she will have just as much of a chance at success as his/her prep school counterparts.
== == Yes sometimes they do because they learn about religion. And a little bit more serious.
Sometimes they do and sometimes they don't. It depends on what school it is. Prep school kids may have more opportunities than public school kids. Meaning they may have more one on one time with the teacher and therefore learn more, but then in public schools a person could learn just as much. Like I said it all depends on the school, and teachers.