Education: How to Pick a Private School

Matching parents, pupils and pedagogues—for a fee Paul Kingsolver, 15, was falling behind his tenth-grade class at Denver's Mullen High School, an expensive ($1,650 a year) Roman Catholic boys' school. His worried parents took him to Educational Counselor Elizabeth Carroll, a reading and speech specialist at an agency called the Academic Resources Center. "We found out," says Paul's father, "that he had missed a lot of the basics in grade school." Carroll recommended that he switch temporarily to Denver's Academic Prep School, which specializes in remedial work. "Now Paul likes school," says his...

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