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Choosing The Right School For Your Child

Choosing the right school for your child can make a difference in his or her successful academic career. The good news is that there are many options for schooling -you no longer have to send your child to the public school down the street. The bad news is that the variety of choices still leaves parents in uncertainty over how to choose the best environment for their children.

It is important to know what to look for in a school to guarantee that your child receives the best possible education for his or her specific needs. Of course, for some families, this might mean not sending them to school at all and embarking on a home education journey. This can be ideal for many children as it allows them to work at their own speed and tailor their learning to their abilities, needs, and interests.

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If home education is not an option for you, here are some tips to help you to choose a school that is right for your child.

Choose a focus

Everyone has different things that are important to them. For some, it might be a strong religious focus, such as a Jewish school, or for others, it might be a school that follows a particular curriculum, such as a Montessori or a forest school. Others might be looking for schools with a strong focus on the languages or the arts. Choose your focus and narrow down your options based on that. 

 

Check out the scores

Whatever focus you have, academic results will probably be something you are keen to find more about. Test scores certainly will not give you a full picture of the effectiveness of the school – they generally only provide a snapshot of the performance of the children on that one day, but it can give you an idea. 

 

Pay a visit

One of the best ways to know if a school is right for your child is to pay a visit, preferably during a typical school day where children are in class. You will build up an idea of the ethos and atmosphere, how the teachers respond to the students and vice versa, general behavior, and what facilities the school has.

 

Ask questions

Write down a list of questions that you want to find the answer to and take it along with you when you take a school tour. You may well find that they are answered as you walk around, but do not be afraid to ask to see the Principal or another member of the senior management and ask them the questions – you are putting your child’s future in their hands; you have the right to ask questions!

 

Trust your instinct

Once the information about the schools is collected and analyzed, the bottom line is to choose the school that you and your child feel best about attending. In some cases, this is directly related to the information; in other cases, you might simply have a good feeling about the staff or other features. The school you choose will make a difference in your child’s academic future, so take the time to consider your choices.

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