OPTIONS for ALL
As in all progressive cities, education
is important to the people who live there
– and it is an especially important consideration for anyone relocating to a new
city. The Dallas/Fort Worth area’s emphasis on quality education means a wealth
of choices for private and parochial
schools – offering more options for parents and children.
According to the 2011 Condition of
Education report from the National Center
for Education Statistics, private schools
have slowly become a more popular alter-
native – even in the face of more guarded
spending habits. For example, private
school enrollment in prekindergarten
through grade 12 increased from 5. 9 mil-
lion in 1995 and 1996 to 6. 3 million in
2001 and 2002, and then decreased to
5. 5 million in 2009 and 2010.
Approximately 10 percent of all elemen-
tary and secondary school students were in
private schools in 2009 and 2010.
The number of private schools in the U.S.
is growing, too. According to the 2009-
2010 Private School Universe Study,
released in 2011 from the National
Center for Education Statistics, there were
33,366 private elementary and secondary schools with 4,700, 119 students (as
of fall 2009 enrollment numbers).
These private schools run the gamut –
from elite preparatory academies that
cost more than $20,000 annually to less