Choosing the right school for your child can make all the difference to his education. The experience your child has at school will have a direct influence on the choices he makes when he leaves school. For parents, choosing a school can be extremely difficult.
With so many choices before you, you may be wondering what to do for the best. If you are having difficulty, we have put together some parenting tips that could help you narrow down your choice. Read on to find out more.
What Are The Choices?
Parents have more choices today than ever before when it comes to their children’s education. You can choose from a variety of public schools in your area. You don’t have to choose the closest one to your home; you can explore different options.
You may want to opt for private school. While its more expensive than public school, the quality of education is often higher. This is because there are fewer children accepted and teachers are often paid more.
You can also choose to home-school your child. If you have the time to invest in your child’s education and you’re well educated yourself, your child could benefit from school online. You could also opt for an alternative school that provides specific special educational needs.
Home-schooling or alternative schooling are both good options for children with additional needs or social anxiety. Here are some ways to narrow down your choices.
What Does Your Child Need?
The first thing you need to do is figure out what your child needs from his education. Does your child learn traditionally or is he more likely to learn creatively? Does your child take part in competitive sports and need an understanding school?
Perhaps your child has certain behavioural difficulties that only specialist staff will be able to deal with. Write down how your child learns well and what he needs to achieve his goals in education. This should help you to narrow down the type of school your child requires.
Once you know what type of school is best for your child, you can start to look into the schools nearest to you.
Check School Scores
Although scores are not the be all and end all of schools, they will give you a good indication of how the school performs academically. Smart children will need to be challenged while they learn in school and if you choose a school that cant academically challenge your child, he may get bored. Depending on your child’s age, you may want to look into the success levels of graduates of the school.
Where do the graduates go and what do they achieve? This can indicate whether its a good school for your child to reach his future ambitions.
Prep For Tests
Many schools now require entrance tests for new students. For some its just a way to make sure they place children in the right classes to learn at the right levels. For others, its competitive.
Some private schools require entrance tests to see if the child has what it takes to learn at the school. If you want your child to increase his chances of getting accepted by a particular school, you can practice for the ASET exam. This gives your child a great base understanding of the type of questions that can be asked.
Make a Visit
Visiting a school before enrolling is essential. It may say all the right things on the school website but visiting will give you the real experience. You’ll be able to see how the children are behaving, if the staff are friendly, and if the administration is helpful.
This is your opportunity to ask all the important questions. How are the children kept safe? How often do teachers train? How often will your child be given homework?
Ask your questions based on the needs of your child.
Ask Other Parents
Parents will always be truthful about their experiences at school. If there are any negative aspects about the school, you can be sure a parent will tell you. Ask other parents about their opinions on the school and the teachers working there.
If you get a handful of positive reviews but one negative, take it with a pinch of salt and go with the majority. Its wise to find out if staff are responsive to parents when they have concerns and how they treat children when a problem arises. Above anything else, youll want to know your child is in safe hands.
Trust Your Gut
As a parent, you’ll have a sixth sense when it comes to what’s best for your child. No-one knows your child the same way you do. Choosing a school that’s perfect for your child may take time and effort but it will be worth it.
Take everything you know about your child and use your instinct to choose a school that can both educate him well and ensure his emotional, mental, and physical health are a top priority.
Parenting Tips for Choosing a School
All of these parenting tips will help you choose a good school for your child. If your child is old enough, why not get him involved in the process too? Children can pick up on things that adults sometimes miss so its a good idea to consult with your child where you can.
If your child feels comfortable starting at a new school, it will be much easier on the both of you. If you’ve found this article helpful, why not take a look at the others?