Putting your child in the right school can make all the difference in his or her successful academic career.
What are the choices?
Parents should be aware of the different type of school available:-
- Online public schools
- Charter schools
- Magnet schools
- Private schools
- Home schools
- Neighborhood public schools
- Alternative schools
It is essential to be aware of the various types of school available nearby to make an informed choice for your child.
Factors to consider when selecting a school
Finding a good fit
Find the best learning environment for your child; every parent needs follow up on four criteria:-
- What do you want your child to learn, like the subject matter or level of academic difficulty
- How your child learns best, through any particular learning style or challenge
- Social needs or level of contact with peers
- Practical issues like extracurricular activities
Choosing a focus
Certain schools offer a wide range of study than others. If you want your child to learn the second language in the primary grades, choose an elementary school that offers foreign language as a part of the curriculum. If you want your child to grow up in the background of arts or any other matter, look for schools that offer those components.
Check out scores
Test scores do not reveal everything about the effectiveness of the school but are essential in determining how well the students are performing academically. Analysis of school based on their graduate success in college and professional field is recommended.
Make a list
Some of the basic features to look for in any effective school includes:-
- Great teachers and staff
- High expectations
- Rigorous curriculum
- Active parent –teacher association
- Parents welcomed, and queries answered
Pay a visit
When you find an ideal school for your child, it is a good idea to visit the school, staff, principal, see the classrooms and to get a good idea of the learning environment for your child.
Understand the financial cost
Get a full understanding from the school about how fees are structured over the entire school life – including building funds, excursions, uniforms and other extras which can boost the total fees by more than 20%. Speak with your financial advisor who can help you understand the budget implications and how you can use specific investment products to help future plan for these expenses.
Before you visit your ideal school, ask questions on how behavior problems are handled in school or how are the teachers trained, monitored and supported? Write down any question you have beforehand and don’t forget to get them answered.
Talk to parents, students
Tend to talk to neighbors and parents while visiting the school to seek whether their children are content with the quality of education offered.
Sit down with the principal
A one on one meeting with the school principal can be the best time to get your questions answered. Likewise, the principal should be forthcoming and honest in supplying information about school and staff.
Trust your gut
Once all the research is gathered and assessed, the bottom line is to select that school where you and your child feel best about letting them attend classes over there. Make sure to take time in your research options and choose the school that feels best for both parent and child alike.