Houston parents choose private over public schools
Enrollment in Catholic schools around the Houston area has gone up even though national rates have dropped in recent years. Doug Pike has a son who is in pre-school and told KTRH why he decided to go that route.
“One of the reasons my wife and I chose this school is because it does have a religious background to it. We thought it was important for our son, for the way he’s being raised as a lot of parents I think would agree,” Pike said.
Pike also says that the private Catholic schools are offering his child something that he can't get anywhere else. Like smaller class size.
“We want to get him accustomed to a smaller classroom. We want that attention from the teachers. And we want that to carry on to his elementary education as well.”
Another parent we spoke with said his kids are getting a better education than they could get at public schools. He also indicated that cost was a factor in his school choice.
"Our cost is relatively cheap. It’s about $7,500 a kid for the year. It can be far more expensive.
One more reason enrollment has gone up in the Houston-Galveston area is that the Catholic population in Houston has doubled over the last thirty years.