Receiving a quality education is important for your child’s future. Deciding between the different types of schooling options available can depend on various factors. When selecting a school it is important to consider the needs of your child, family and lifestyle. Understanding the type of curriculum used and how it is presented as well as information regarding the facility, student body and teachers, is advised. The following information explains how to choose the best school for your child.
Your Child And Family
First, consider if your child has special learning needs or your preference in learning style. Then, the location of the school can depend on several things. Think about how your child will arrive to school (walk, drive or bus) and the time school starts and dismisses students. Perhaps he wants to join friends going to a certain school. The before and after-school care needs or your child are significant in relation to distance from the school, office or caretaker.
Research Perspective Schools
You can get information to research the schools several ways. Contact the school directly, ask other parents, talk to teachers working there or the school may offer an open house for new parents. Additionally, you can review public school report cards and other confirmed information which are readily available online.
Find out the type curriculum, how it is presented, how they grade or rate learned knowledge at the school. Find out if any additional education options may be available like tutoring, special or advanced classes offered based on student performance. Also, find out the school policies, rules and services. Gather information about extra-curricular activities, such as sports or clubs they offer.
Tour The School
Find time to schedule an appointment with each school and meet with the principal. The best time to tour, if possible, would be during school hours so you can drop in on a couple of classes in session. The first and last week of a semester are not great times to visit get an idea on a typical day.
Try to make it to an open house, school event or even shadow a parent-teacher meeting. Any opportunity to gain knowledge about the opinions of the school from students, other parents and school staff can be beneficial. Pay close attention to how and what teachers say during your conversations. Teachers spend many hours each day with your child, this will help you gauge their ability, satisfaction and dedication to educating students.
Apply/Enroll To The School You Choose
When you decide which school is best for your child, begin the application and enrollment process. Applying to a few schools is a good idea, should you’re child not be admitted to their first choice. The steps and admission requirements (paperwork, transcript, testing, etc.) can differ among schools, so get the process started early in order to meet deadlines. Make sure to confirm all requirements, deadline and information to accurately complete the process.