The reasons behind the decision to enroll a child in private school are as individual as families themselves: some may perceive the quality of education to be better at a private school than their neighborhood school, some may wish to continue a family tradition or be motivated by religious beliefs, and others may seek specialized programs for a child with a particular interest or learning challenge. The one factor uniting virtually all of these choices, scholarships aside, is the decision to pay tuition, which averaged $10,940 in 2011. Has expanding income inequality led to an increased concentration of affluent families at private schools? If so, has that fueled a broader increase in segregation at both public and private schools? To learn more about the cost of private school and who attends, read “Who Goes to Private School?” from the Fall 2018 edition of Education Next.

—Education Next

Last updated August 9, 2018