Here are some online resources to help you navigate to a school that’s the perfect fit for your location, budget and education needs.
Picking just the right private school for a child is easier with a little help from online resources. Here are some that can help you navigate to a school that’s the perfect fit for your location, budget and education needs.
This nonprofit organization has profiles of more than 200,000 pre-K–12 schools — public, public charter and private. It features reviews from parents, teachers and students, and has a wealth of articles and resources to help parents.
The National Association of Independent Schools, formerly the Pacific Northwest Association of Independent Schools, provides statistical information about schools that are members of NAIS. The Independent School Facts report includes data on enrollment, admission, tuition, financial aid, staff, teacher salaries, income, expenses and annual giving.
The National Center for Education Statistics is the primary federal resource that collects and analyzes data related to education. In the “Popular Topics at NCES” pulldown menu, select “Search for Private Schools” to access a list of schools in Washington. Each school link leads to information including the school’s address, grade span, total students, student-teacher ratio, religious affiliation and enrollment by race.
Peterson’s book “Private Secondary Schools 2015–16” includes information on more than 1,000 schools in the U.S., Canada and around the world. Information for each school includes the school’s area of specialization, setting, affiliation, accreditation, tuition, financial aid, student body, faculty, academic programs, social life, admission information, contacts and more. The book also includes articles on private education, such as tips to filling out the admission application form. The book sells for $39.95.
Private School Review helps families learn about private schools, their benefits and the application process. The site can be particularly helpful for families who are moving and need to evaluate several potential schools, or for parents who are exploring different private-school options. Enter “Seattle” in the search function to find private schools.