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Unread 02-06-2013, 04:25 PM
 
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Default What are current prices for good private school in East Bay Area?

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Could anybody tell me please approximate average price for good private school in East Bay area behind tunnel like Walnut Creek, Concord, Pleasant Hill? I tried to google it but found huge difference in amounts from $7K to $50K. How come? Can I compare private school rating with public school rating like from here California School Ratings, rankings, test scores Thanks
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Unread 02-06-2013, 08:11 PM
 
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Well a lot would have to do with their reputation and what they offer. I think it depends what grade you are looking at too.
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Unread 02-06-2013, 08:57 PM
 
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Well a lot would have to do with their reputation and what they offer. I think it depends what grade you are looking at too.
My kid is 3 years old, I am looking at all grades from Elementary to High
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Unread 02-06-2013, 10:49 PM
 
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It would make a huge difference if a school is Catholic, vs. non-denominational, for example.

Are you sure you want to limit yourself to the "other" side of the Berkeley hills? Take a look at Bentley School, in Hiller Highlands, not too far from the tunnel. It's a great school.
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Unread 02-06-2013, 11:03 PM
 
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It would make a huge difference if a school is Catholic, vs. non-denominational, for example.

Are you sure you want to limit yourself to the "other" side of the Berkeley hills? Take a look at Bentley School, in Hiller Highlands, not too far from the tunnel. It's a great school.
I live on the "other" side of the Berkeley hills. Do you think it is worth to bring kids so far? Well, my question is rather about a price, I just need to be aware of possible costs, how much per month for this Bentley School for instance? Thanks
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Unread 02-06-2013, 11:09 PM
 
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There really isn't an average price for private schools. There is such a wide range average price wouldn't matter much.

My experience is with Catholic schools so I will give you my input on those. Catholic schools are usually cheaper than other private schools and a significant portion of the students are not Catholic. In my experience, Catholic schools aren't overbearing on promoting their religion since so many who attend are not Catholic. However, your child would be exposed to religion as religion is part of the curriculum from K-12. In highscool, religion classes are transferrable courses (for example, World Religions is a course the student might take).

Prices - For Catholic schools, I would guess 10-$15k a year now for highschool. Maybe half that for K-8? For other private schools, you will likely pay even more. It also depends on expenses, location and amenities.

Test Scores - I've never seen average test scores for a Catholic or other private school released. Maybe some schools publish it? Since they are private schools, they can keep this information to themselves. Highschools do often list or make information available regarding graduation rates and where their graduates went to college. Your main source of whether a school is good or not would be word of mouth.

Besides word of mouth, you just need to visit the schools (and their websites) and see for yourself. Tuition info should be on there as well. If you are shelling out that kind of money, you want to make sure you choose the right school.
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Unread 02-06-2013, 11:27 PM
 
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Call. I'm sure the schools would love to talk to you.
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Unread 02-07-2013, 01:43 AM
 
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You say you live on the east side of the tunnel. Aren't most if not all of the schools in Lamorinda pretty highly rated? Why would you spend more $ on a private school?
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Unread 02-07-2013, 02:16 AM
 
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Average for k-12 is probably around 25k a year.
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Unread 02-07-2013, 08:18 AM
 
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Hello

Could anybody tell me please approximate average price for good private school in East Bay area behind tunnel like Walnut Creek, Concord, Pleasant Hill? I tried to google it but found huge difference in amounts from $7K to $50K. How come? Can I compare private school rating with public school rating like from here California School Ratings, rankings, test scores Thanks
Greatschools.org has a compare feature for schools. I'm researching private schools in the East Bay as well depending on where we find a house. Religious schools are generally cheaper. Some of the Catholic/Christian schools I've looked into are closer to 10k whereas the non-religious are in the 20k range and increase in middle/high school. I think most of the open houses take place in the fall but all schools I have looked at have their tuition info. on their site and welcome tours. Are you also a member of the Berkeley Parents Network? I've found that website helpful to get a feel for parent feedback.
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