When searching for a private school, parents are likely to find that many of the options are affiliated with religion - namely Christianity or Catholicism.

There are so many religiously affiliated private schools that some parents mistakenly believe that all private schools are somehow connected to a religious entity. Perceptions aside, there are many types of boarding schools, both religious and secular in ideology.

Non-Denominational and Sectarian Private Schools


Non-denominational, also known as nonsectarian, is a private school not affiliated with any religious practices, doctrine, or traditions.

Contrariwise, sectarian schools adhere to a specific religion, such as catholic, baptist, Jewish, and episcopalian. These schools make up the overwhelming majority of the private school industry - over 70% by most estimates. These institutions provide students with a basic academic curriculum you would find at a non-denominational private school, as well as faith-based teachings, ideologies, and doctrine.

Another observable characteristic of sectarian schools is that, unlike non-denominational institutions, they are funded through independent parties and fundraisers.

Parochial Private Schools

Parochial schools are privately funded schools that exclusively receive financial donations from a specific church. In other words, these religious-based private institutions receive almost all of their finances through an affiliated church rather than tuition money from parents.

Parochial Schools vs. Religious Private Schools


It is a common misconception that all religious schools are classified as parochial. However, there are fundamental differences that separate religious private schools from those classified a parochial - the main difference being money.

As previously mentioned, parochial schools are almost exclusively funded by a church, whereas a religious private school, no different from private not affiliated with a religion, solely depends on tuition fees for their funding.

It’s also worth noting that parochial schools are generally catholic-based.

In summary, while the majority of private schools are religiously-based, both parochial and tuition funded, there are also nonsectarian options for parents searching for a secular institution.

The Makana Gift

Makana is a term that comes from Hawaii, that means "gift," and the gift we offer to you, is hope. Makana is here to not only help the adolescent who has accepted the designation of "hopeless" or "delinquent," but also the parent who often feels despair and fear for the future. Our school is for families of teens, ages 14-17, who are struggling with device addictions, abuse of drugs or alcohol, unhealthy relationships, or shameful behaviors as a result of failing mental health.

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