Thinking about private schools, but not sure where to start? Here are some key differences

A student at Roanoke Catholic School.
A student at Roanoke Catholic School. (Photo provided by Roanoke Catholic School)

Have you ever wondered about what life or education is like at a private school?

If you’ve never enrolled or had family or friends who attended, it’s probably a normal thing to be curious about: What are classes like? How does the experience differ from a public or independent school?

Roanoke Catholic School Principal and Head of School Patrick Patterson shared the following details about what makes his school stand out.


1. Their philosophy on teachers

Patterson is passionate about the idea of letting his teachers serve as the experts they truly are.

“We give our pastors the ability to lead their own sermons and homilies,” Patterson said. “We give our teachers those same rights.”

A teacher and a student in action at Roanoke Catholic School. (Photo provided by Roanoke Catholic School)