School psychologist Mary Polychronas has spent 20 years working with teachers and students in the private and public sectors, and is a staff psychologist at Weston School, a combined elementary and secondary school in Montreal. She has taught in both systems.
Polychronas believes both the private and the public system are committed to doing the best for children in their care. Mission statements in both sectors stipulate their goal is to meet the needs of the student. “Both sectors want to turn out good citizens with morals and with values,” and both offer resources to do so. However, she says the private sector is often better equipped financially to meet students’ educational needs, particularly during key years that can set children up for future success.