As a parent, you want to ensure that your offspring has the best possible education from local institutions. There are doubtless several school choices in your area, but how do you know which school will be the best for your child?
Whether you’re sending your child to school for the first time or they’re going up to a new school year, one thing’s for sure. You must make sure you thoroughly research each school to make an informed choice. The following methods will help you do that:
1. Test Scores
The first thing to do is consider the average test scores for students in what will be your child’s new year group. It’s not the only factor you must take into consideration, of course, but it should be a metric you use to analyze the effectiveness of a school’s education.
A website like SchoolDigger can help you find out the average test performance at your local schools. Otherwise, the schools themselves should provide you with that information.
There’s no denying that the staff working at a school are ultimately responsible for whether children have a well-rounded education or not. You might be wondering how you can tell if school teachers and principals are good at what they do.
One way to find out is by doing some research online. You’ll often see stories about your local high school principal or teaching staff, good and bad, as their jobs are obviously up for public scrutiny. You can also ask other parents of kids that go to those schools for opinions.
3. Learning Environments
When you look for a new job, you want to make sure that you’re going to fit in well with the corporate culture. A similar thing applies when looking at prospective new schools for your child.
You’ll undoubtedly get invited to tour each school and find out more about the learning environments. It’s worth doing so when schools have classes running so you can accurately judge those learning environments.
4. Gut Feeling
Some people might accuse you of making such an important decision as choosing a school for your child on a whim. However, it’s always worth listening to your inner voice or gut feeling before making any decisions.
Ultimately if you don’t feel entirely comfortable or confident in a school, how might you expect your child to be if you send them to that school? Consider your gut feeling as part of your decision-making process.
5. Ask Lots of Questions
Finally, educators are up to public scrutiny, so they’ll get used to fielding questions about their schools or what they do. When you pay a visit to a prospective school, be sure to ask plenty of questions about it.
You may wish to compile a list of questions in case you forget. For example, your list should include questions on the school’s bullying policies, subjects that your child can learn, after-school activities, and whether the parent-teacher association is a vibrant one or not.
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