How To Find The Best Schools For Your Child
One of the most important things you’ll do as a parent is choosing a school for your child. With such an important choice on your shoulders, how do you know which schools are best? After all, this one choice can put them on a path toward lifelong learning that will eventually lead to a more prosperous life for them. But how do you know which schools are the right schools for your child? When evaluating a new school for your child, here are some questions you should ask yourself as well as the school.
Before You Visit
Before you even step foot in a school to determine if it’s right for your child, you first have to do your own homework. Put on your Sherlock Holmes deerstalker hat and become an online sleuth. Read about potential schools, look at their profiles on school ratings websites, talk to other parents if you can, and check your local newspaper for articles that include the schools.
Next, contact the school and schedule a tour. Often, schools will have regular tours open to prospective students and their families as well as open houses during spring for enrollment in the fall.
Finally, create a list of questions to ask when touring the school. Having them handy will help you not to forget anything really important.
What To Ask
When you’re touring the school make a list that includes some or all of these questions:
What is the timeline for training teachers and implementing it?
How many children are in an average class?
How does the school approach student safety and discipline?
What resources are available in the library to students?
These are just a few of the questions you may want to consider! Of course, ask only what pertains to your child and feel free to ask your own! You know your own child best and how they can succeed in a potential school.
Features To Look For In Schools
Don’t discount your first impression of the school. You need to use your senses to evaluate the school and get a feel for them – you opinion matters and often first impressions are correct. Make sure to notice:
If the classrooms seem cheerful with student work displayed
If teachers seem knowledgeable and enthusiastic
If the principal is interested and invested in the students and teachers
How well maintained and supplied the school is
These questions should help to get you off on the right foot to choose a school that is right for your child and set them up for a lifetime of success in your community!