If you have recently moved to the area or are wanting to change schools for another reason, it may seem easiest to choose the closest school to your home. However, location is not everything as you can tell from these five quick tips. Tuck these ideas in your arsenal of information as you consider the right decision for your family.
Never assume that you know all about the school based solely on what you have heard about it in passing or what you have read about it online. A visit to the school will let you get to see it for yourself, meet with the teachers, experience the classrooms and get the general feel of the building. Try to visit on more than one occasion so that you can make sure that your first impression was correct.
Of course, school is certainly about much more than just a building. The teachers who will be working one-on-one with your child will set the tone for much of the school year. Try to meet with a few of the people who will be directly teaching your child, and see how they interact with you and with children.
Although they are not the most important part of school, find out about the extras that the school offers, such as special technology or assistive devices.
Ask around for recommendations from family and friends. You can also look up school grades and reviews online.
You will want to make it easy to get to your child’s school. Consider one close to your house or close to your place of employment. However, keep in mind that if the school is truly excellent, you will be willing to travel further to get there.