The new October issue of San Francisco magazine includes a hefty feature on private schools, "Schools Gone Wild." Have you read it?
Writer Diana Kapp, who lives in San Francisco and sends both her kids to private schools, delves "inside a new world of hyer-frentic building campaigns, over-the-top curricula, and relentlessly well-meaning parents at the mercy of market forces no one seems able (or willing) to control." She asks the question, "Is money ruining private schools?" It's a juicy read loaded with food for thought:
"San Francisco leads major U.S. cities in the percentage of kids in private school—a whopping 29.3 percent in 2005, or nearly twice the national (and almost four times the statewide) average."
"Marin Academy and Branson parents will pony up almost $30,000 per kid this year—just a shade under what they would spend on tuition at Harvard. The average Bay Area first-grade tuition is $18,080, second only to the New York metro area; parents of 12th-graders pay an average of $27,355, the highest in the nation. By contrast, the San Francisco Unified School District had $8,900 per kid to work with last year."
"The cost of attending Bay Area private schools has jumped 70 percent in a decade, twice the U.S. rate. High school tuition now tops $27,000 a year—surpassing even New York."
For more, pick up a copy of the magazine.