I work in public education. That being said, my oldest (4 1/2) has just started his second year of full time private preschool. The school goes through 12th grade (the last year of high school in the US for those from outside the country). Right now I feel that he will get a much better education privately, at least while young, than he would in the public school system. What do parents with older children think, is private school worth the cost in the long run? We are lucky that his school isn't extremely expensive, though it will go up as he ages, and we will have two children there soon. I want to know what others think as I look at the amount we will be spending over time.