It"s better to ask good questions before enrolling your child in a private school, rather than finding out the hard way! My husband and I recently decided which of the private schools in Boulder County, Colorado, is the best fit for our child. In speaking with other parents, school administrators, and teachers, I have found there are certain key questions that parents ask to choose their school. Choosing the right private education is important, and this will make it easier.
Top 10 Questions Parents Ask to Choose a Private School
1. How does this school create a safe learning environment? I"m sure you know there are many safety issues nowadays, in public schools especially, from drugs to violence. So when you"re interviewing a private school administrator, you"ll probably want to ask how the school keeps children safe.
2. What philosophy or theology is espoused by the school, and what effect does this have on the children"s classroom experience? A school may be based on a philosophical or theological belief system about how children learn best. It"s a good idea to be sure you agree that a school"s philosophy will benefit the children.
3. What degrees or certifications do the teachers hold? Many states allow private schools to hire teachers with different credentials than public school teachers are required to have. Some private school teachers" qualifications exceed the requirements of their public school counterparts, and some have different training and experience altogether.
4. What is the class size? The number of students per teacher can make a huge difference in how much individual attention a child receives. Would your child learn best in a class of 50 or a class of 15 or 20?
5. What"s the schedule? You"ll need to know when to drop off and pick up your child, as well as how the typical school day would unfold for your child. For example, would a small child receive a mid-morning snack? Are academic subjects taught earlier in the day when the child is fresher, or in the afternoon? What breaks do they get for recess? Is there after-class care available?
6. What opportunities would you have for parental involvement? If you"re involved with the school, you get to co-create the school experience while creating a sense of community for your child. Plus, your involvement can give you a better understanding of your child"s school experience.
7. How are unique individuals, with a variety of learning styles, addressed by this school? Children are all unique, and a certain child may flourish with an approach that does not work well for another. Hopefully, the school can explain how they teach to every child"s strength while also helping each child develop strengths in new areas.
8. How does this school honor diversity? Depending on their location and structure, some schools are required by law to have a policy of non-discrimination. Others are not. In addition, some schools" philosophy embraces diverse people and viewpoints.
9. How long has the school been established? Older schools often have a more established curriculum and more facilities. At the same time, younger schools sometimes have the advantage of smaller class sizes and sometimes tuition and fees are lower.
10. What will it cost, and are there scholarships? Do you have to pay a lump sum all at once, or are there easier payments? Along with the benefits of a private education, it"s good to weigh the cost.
After you ask these 10 questions, you will have a good start in understanding some basic differences between the schools. However, I wouldn"t stop with these 10! What educational choice will give your child the best foundation for living the fullest life, and living up to his or her potential?
Source by Tamara Andreas