Private high schools offer many advantages that their public school counterparts simply cannot match. Foremost among these is a low teacher to student ratio that is guaranteed to give my child the extra help he needs, all promptly.
In elementary school, we often didn't know there were any problems with my son's grades until report cards were sent home in the spring.
By then it was far too late to address the situation, leaving my son to spend many frustrating summers wondering what went wrong during. In private high schools in Sacramento where teachers have only 15 or 20 students to worry about, this kind of frustration can be avoided.
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Another advantage that private high schools offer is the opportunity for students to learn in a college preparatory setting. Most private high schools hold their students to very rigorous academic standards that often exceed state and national requirements.
By emphasizing the importance of developing good study habits and grades early on, students emerge with a deeper appreciation of education in general and are better prepared to deal with the demands of college life.
Furthermore, if I choose a boarding school for my son, he'll get an even more authentic pre-college experience by learning to live with peers away from home. I've read that experiences like this effectively reduce instances of students going wild at college because they're already used to being away from their parents. I'm on board for anything that can help my son succeed later!