Choosing a good school for your child is a question that any parent grapples with. There are, of course, a bevy of options out there. But how do you know which one is right for your child? How do you know you’re making the right choice for your child’s future? This list of suggestions will help you figure out what you need to know when you look for a school if you want one that’s a good fit for your child.
Know All Your Options
Before you pick a school, you need to know the full range of your options. You should have full knowledge of what you are saying no to when you and your child choose a school. That includes public charter schools, public magnet schools, online schools, home schooling and even online independent classes. There are also private schools, micro-schools, self-directed and international schools.
Do Your Homework
Compare the pros and cons of each of the schools on your list. If you want to provide your child with a solid academic foundation, though, choosing a good international school is the way to go. Ample research is key in helping you figure out which school is the best option for your child.
Check for Feedback
Know what others say about the school. Check out the reviews from other parents and families. Is the school a good option for your child? Their first-hand accounts will help you arrive at a sound answer.
Make a List
Consider the schools near your residence or place of work. That way, you can easily drop off and pick up your child from school. A list will help you organize your search. Note down details about each school to make it easier for you to compare them. Highlight the important details. That will help you winnow down your options.
Consider the Location
Given the way schools are adjusting to the new normal and setting up rules, it might not seem important to pick a school that’s nearby or right in your area. However, when things go back to normal, or in-person sessions are back, then you might find yourself in a bit of trouble as you try to figure out how to keep sending your child to the same school, especially given the distance. If that’s a concern, though, and you’d like to keep sending your child to the same school, then look into school bus services.
Know Your Child
You can’t proceed any further with the search if you don’t know a thing about your own child. Meaning, what are your child’s interests and skills? What kind of talent does s/he have? Think about that when you pick a school. Where will that talent and skillset be nurtured the most? Where will your child thrive? In what environment do you see your child happy, productive, and fulfilled? Don’t just pick a school because it’s high up on the ranking or that it’s popular. Pick one that’s a match for your child.
Check the Curriculum
What’s on the curriculum? Is it a good one? What kind of subjects does it put particular emphasis on? Some curriculums primarily focus on STEM subjects. Do you want one that provides equal focus on STEM and the arts? Also, are there any extracurricular activities? What are they? Are any of these programs a good fit for your child? Does your child want to join any of them?
Factor in the Culture
Different schools have different learning cultures and environments. Does the school provide one where your child will be happy and supported in any way possible? Are members of the teaching staff experienced and seasoned? Do they have the training and knowledge to help every student in class? Do you see your child in that school making friends, improving, growing?
Meet Up with the Teachers
Request for an online meeting with your child’s possible teacher. Is the teacher the kind that will try to stifle any creativity and spontaneity in your child in favor of making him or her follow the rules? Or is the teacher the kind who will motivate and nurture that creativity?
Talk to Your Child
Don’t make this decision alone. Remember, it’s not just your life. You’re deciding where your child should go. S/he has a right to know and participate in the decision-making process. Making your little boy or girl a part of the experience is ideal. Talk about the pros and cons that each school offers. Does it offer the extracurricular program that your child wants? Is it far from home? How will your child get home? Talking about each of the schools and coming up with a decision together makes the process even more meaningful to your child.
Knowing that she had a hand in her future is a memory that she’ll have long after she’s grown up. It shows your child that you respect his or her output and that helps build up your child’s confidence.