How to Choose the Right School for Your Child
As a parent, the biggest and most nerve wrecking decision that you can ever take is of choosing the right school for your child. The future of your child, in the truest sense, depends on the school that you enroll them into.
In this article, we will be looking into the practical steps of choosing the right school for your child, to make the complex process a lot manageable.
Here are the steps that you should take before enrolling your child in a school that you heard positive reviews of from a friend or neighbour.
Don’t go by the name
The first and prime most step of choosing the right school for your child is not to go by the name of the school. Just because a school is famous or in news, it doesn’t mean that the education will also be at par. So first thing first, don’t decide on the basis of popularity.
Look at the School Curriculum
Take a lot at the curriculum that the school follows. If you are in a transferable job, opt for CBSE or ICSE instead of State Boards of IGCSE. Although, you should note that ICSE is considered more difficult than CBSE, so make sure that you don’t switch from CBSE to ICSE or vice versa, half way in.
See how Modern the School is
The world has moved on to the Smart Classes era. So you will have to check if the school is still working on blackboards and chalks or has brought interactivity with the help of multimedia.
Check the Test Scores
Take a look at the test scores of the class your child will be taking admission in, to check the quality of education there. If majority of the students belong to the average test score group, your child will be better off in some other school.
Talk to the Parents
Make a visit to the school when the classes end and parents come to pick their children and talk to the parents. Get their review in terms of teaching, the environment, money the school charge in name of extracurricular activities, etc.
Once you are through with these steps, you would have with you a list of schools that are good to go for the next and final round of screening – Meeting the principal.
Now that you have 5 to 6 names ready with you, the next and last step is to officially visit the school property. This is where you look at the infrastructure, talk to the teachers and learn their teaching methods. Also, while you are in school, look at how students interact with each other – the language they use etc. after all, you wouldn’t want your child to pick colourful words from school and use them at home.
By the end of all this, you will have with you the school that is right for your child.
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