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For my field work project I chose to do an observation of a public high school and a private high school The schools I decided to observe were Tottenville Public High School and The Francis School both of which are located in demographically similar neighborhoods The purpose for choosing two schools with similar characteristics was to have schools with equal social and economical factors encompassing them This I felt would make my findings unbiased within the scope of the project My rationale for choosing this was to comparatively analyze the differences and similarities between both of the schools and also to see just how true the stereotype is that private schools are better than public schoolsMy first visit was to the Francis School one of the most distinguishable schools I have ever visited The school attended by a mere 200 students ranged from grades 9-12 It was very clean and freshly painted When I first walked in the front door of the school I noticed a large beautiful mural of the ocean and a lighthouse with what I later learned was the school motto Create the Vision worded across it I then met with the principal who informed me about the school I learned that this school consisted primarily of under-achieving students Most of the parents chose to send their children there because of their sub-par performance at their prior public school For a school made up of primarily underachievers oddly enough 43 of 44 of last years graduates went on to pursue their post-secondary studies Comparatively that is a much higher percentage than the 60 of Tottenville graduates who went on to college last year What is it that is making this school more successful academically I asked the principal who taught for 20 years in public school what she thought made her school different and if anything better than public school She said there is only one difference and that is control She
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