Picking the right school for your child is an important decision that has a significant impact later. The choice of primary school often plays a critical role. It lays the foundation for admissions in high schools. There are a few things that parents need to keep in mind while selecting a school.
- Reputation of the School- A general word of mouth from parents is a good way to know about a school. If the parents are pleased with the school that is a positive sign. Find out about the level of parent involvement encouraged by the school. It helps you understand their level of commitment and transparency in the system. Schools also provide information about the performance of children every year. This is a good way to assess the reputation of the school.
- Distance from Home– For younger children the distance between the home and school is also an important point that should be considered. Long commute gets too tiring for children. It eats up on the time they need to rest. It leaves little time for children to pursue other activities. It is better to opt for good schools that are near by even if they are not the best.
- Environment-Do the children look happy? Are the washrooms clean? Is there enough open space for children to play? Is the security system in place? These are some questions that can be answered just by visiting a school. It is essential to know about the student-teacher ratio, 1:20 is a manageable class. If food is provided by the school, have a taste. Note the details about the transport and timings of the school. Observe the displays on the boards, they not only show what students are working on, but also what teachers consider worthy of presentation.
- Fee structure– The fee structure for private schools is much higher than that of public schools. The schools that follow the international curriculum have a higher fee structure than other boards. Calculate the annual fee, the down payment, and any other charges that may be applicable. Ask about concessions, some schools offer scholarships and fee waiver too. Yearly increase in fee if applicable should be considered before finalizing the school.
If the school meets your criteria’s that you think are appropriate for your child, then they will have a fulfilling and enriching experience in school.