Teaching in Rural Vs. Urban Schools


Becoming a teacher is an exciting time in your life, but the stress begins when the job search gets underway. One difficult aspect of getting a teaching job is where to look. There are large urban schools, medium suburban schools, and small rural schools, all of which offer benefits and drawbacks. The benefit no matter which one you choose, is that you will be a great and successful teacher.

Teaching in Rural Districts

  • As in all situations, there are negatives and positives that need to be weighed, and deciding to teach in a rural district is not immune to this fact. Teaching in rural school districts generally brings a small and tight-knit community that usually rallies around the school district. Sometimes, though, rural school districts struggle with funding as the community that supports them often lacks industry and a wide tax base. Smaller districts usually suffer due to the smaller revenues by not offering a wide variety of extra programs.

Teaching in Suburban Districts

  • Like small rural districts, suburban school districts generally have a population that feels like everyone knows everyone else. Suburban school districts are often small enough to feel a sense of community pride, but have a large enough tax base to offer a variety of programs. Generally, suburban districts do better on performance indexes because they are small enough to focus on the individual student but large enough to afford programs to help their students succeed.

Teaching in Urban Districts

  • The public media often portray large school districts in a negative light, but they do offer a certain number of benefits. Generally, urban districts struggle with a certain amount of poverty, but they are often funded in order to close these gaps. Urban districts often have industry and a wide tax base, so they can offer greater variety in their education opportunities.

Which to Choose?

  • There are benefits and drawbacks to any school district. Statistically, suburban and rural school districts score higher on standardized tests, but students who attend large districts are offered better extracurricular opportunities. Urban school districts statistically have more students in poverty, but rural districts often lack funding or struggle to get funding for their schools from local taxpayers.

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