I’ve just reached a huge parenting milestone with my older child starting Grade 1 – and what an experience it has been. I am so proud of her and so excited for her for this new stage or learning and development. Then come in all the fears and anxieties too – will she keep up, will she be bullied and will she make friends?
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Last year my husband and I spent a considerable amount of time and effort into choosing the right school for our daughter. We considered a number of schools and there was even the possibility of our family moving towns to ensure that we can place her in a school that will fit what we were looking for in a school.
When my daughter was younger it never occurred to me that it would be such a huge decision, but when the time arrived the magnitude of this decision became apparent.
Thankfully now that the decision has been made and she has started her schooling we feel 100% happy with our choice and believe we have made the best possible choices for our children.
Here are some tips and guidelines from my personal experience of choosing a school for the first time:
The first thing that you will need to do is research the different options available, your basic choices would be between a public school, private school or even a homeschool.
Make A List Of Your Requirements
This is a vital first step and you will need to consider your needs as a family, as well as look at your child’s individual needs.
Your child’s personality and aptitudes may play a huge role in what type of requirements you will have. Your child may thrive on structure and discipline or your child may be more of a free spirit that would fit a more creative and free learning environment. If your child has special needs this will be a vital part of the decision making process.
The needs of your family may include the budget you have available for schooling – you may have limited finances that only accommodate for a public school or perhaps you are able to afford a private school but do you feel that the extra expense is worth it.
The area that you live in will also play a tole. Are you prepared to put your kids into a boarding school to enable them to get the schooling that you want for them, or will you be prepared to put them on a school bus every day? You may just be a mom like me that won’t let her kids out of her sight, then you will need to lift your kids every day and you will have to live within a reasonable distance from the school.
Your family values will also play a role. If you family has strong religious or cultural beliefs you may want to ensure that the school you choose shares the same values. Your family may place value on a sporty and healthy lifestyle which will make a school with a strong sports culture appealing.
Start Evaluating Schools
Make a list of all the schools that may be viable and start evaluating each school. Make notes on what each school has to offer, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each school.
Research the pricing, the sports facilities and the school curriculum.
Visit Potential Schools
Once you have a list of schools and as much information as you can possibly find on each one start making appointments to visit each school, to have a meeting with the school head and get a tour of the school.
Have a list of questions prepared to ask each school such as what is their policy when it comes to bullying and how are their teachers trained? Find out what their latest matric pass rate is too, this should give you a bit of insight into the standard of education that they provide to their students.
Talk To Other Parents and Students
Try and speak to some parents and even some past pupils of the schools you are interested in. This will give you some excellent insider information into the school that you may not otherwise get.
Deciding On A Good Fit For Your Child
Once you have all of the above information on hand hopefully there is one school that stands out above all the rest for you in terms of the standard of education as well as the other requirements that you need to have met.
As a parent it is always important to listen to your gut feel and the same goes when you are choosing a school for your child. There may be a school that looks really good on paper and appears to be the best choice but for some reason it doesn’t feel right, then trust your instincts.
Remember that your child will be spending a huge part of their childhood at school, interacting with their peers and being educated – the school that you choose for your child will have a major influence on your child’s life and education for many years to come. Find one that reinforces the things that you believe in and that help your child grow into the best adult that he or she can be.
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