Public School vs. Private School My friends and I were having a discussion where one guy passionately accused the general student body of my school for thinking that we are generally "smarter" than public schools in the states. (Just assume I go to a private school) I'm wondering what your opinions are on the matter. How do you define smart? Strictly academically speaking, what's the difference between public schools and private schools in general? Tests scores tell me one thing, other sources tell me the opposite, what do you see and why? What methods used to teach in private/public schools are useful and what are not? Discuss.