Where Do You Start When Picking A School For Your Child?

Your child’s education is so important because it opens up doors to them in later life and helps them to grow as a person. That is why choosing their school is one of the biggest parenting decisions that you have to make. It’s a very hard decision to make because there are a lot of different things that you need to consider. If you have a child that is nearing school age and it’s time to make that choice, these are some of the things that you need to think about.

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Location 

The first thing that you need to consider is the location because you will be limited to schools that are within a reasonable distance to your home. However, it’s important that you don’t just choose the closest school possible because it might not be the best place for your child. At the same time, you can’t choose somewhere too far away because it may not be practical. It’s important that you find a school that is close enough that you can fit the school run into your schedule but also somewhere that is suitable for your child. Finding a balance between these two things can be tricky.

Consider Private Schools 

A lot of parents only consider the local state schools, but that is a mistake. In a lot of cases, your child will get a better education at a private school, and they may be more affordable than you realize. It’s important that you consider your budget carefully and think about whether you can really afford it, but you should always look at all of your schooling options before you make a decision and don’t write private schools off straight away.

Ask About Their Relationship With Parents 

As a parent, it’s important that you have an active role in your child’s education and you support their school. When you are looking around different institutions, ask about the relationship between schools and parents. If the school actively includes the parents in decisions and keeps them updated about any issues and developments in the school, that’s a good sign. But if the school does not include parents in a big way, that is a cause for concern.

Look At The Curriculum 

The curriculum should give you a good idea of the teaching style that is used at the school and the different areas that they focus on. Firstly, you need to see whether they have a strong program of core subjects like English, Maths, and Science. Beyond that, consider what other courses they teach outside of the core subjects, and which of these courses you think will benefit your child the most. You should also consider the extra-curricular activities that your child can get involved with.

When you are asking these questions about the curriculum, you should always ask about the average grades of the students. You don’t always need to pick the school that has the best grade averages. However, you should avoid schools that have a low grade average in the core subjects.

These are all things that you should consider when choosing a school, but the most important thing to think about is your child, and where they will feel most comfortable and be able to learn effectively.

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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