Choosing an elementary school is not only about distance, educational methods and quality of teachers. There are many points that must be our attention, parents.
If you are looking for a public primary school outside your area of residence, it is worth considering carefully what is important to you and your child.
To do this, you can see which school best suits your child’s personality, strengths, needs and interests. You can also consider how different schools fit into your personal values and personal preferences, whether they meet the practical needs of your family, and compare that to factors such as size, classes, facilities, achievement, and so on, and whether The school is able to establish good communication and relationships with the students’ families.
Some of the questions below can help parents more easily consider and choose an elementary school for their child.
Personal values and preferences
Is there a match between your family values and the school culture:
- Do you prefer public or private education? Are facilities or choice of subjects a consideration?
- Would you like your child to go to the same school as yours or would you prefer them to have a different experience?
- Do you want your child to have a religious education?
- Do you need to send your child to a boarding school, or are you interested in distance education or do you want your child to be homeschooled ?
- Are you interested in a particular teaching philosophy – for example, Steiner or Montessori?
- What do your child’s preschool teachers think about which school is the best fit for your child?
Most families need to consider practical matters such as how the children will get to and from school:
- Do you live in the same area as the school you are interested in for your child? If not, does the school accept applications outside this zone?
- How do things like school location, costs, and the difficulty of traveling to and from school, and public transport choices affect you?
- If you have other children, is it important that all children attend the same school?
- Where do your child’s friends go to school?
- Where do most of the children from your child’s preschool attend?
- What are your options for pre-school, after-school and holiday daycare?
School factors: size, class, facilities, achievement
It can help you to compare different school sizes, class settings, facilities, extracurricular activities, school achievements and so on:
- Does the school offer a ‘transition to school’ program?
- Is the school small or big? What size school is most suitable for your child?
- How is the class arrangement? For example, do teachers teach in teams?
- What facilities does the school have to support your child’s learning and development – for example, a library, outdoor play areas, music programs, clubs and sports teams?
- Has the school improved its academic performance over the past few years? What about results in other areas such as the arts, sports, or community engagement?
- What approach does the school take to behavior management?
- How well does the school support children with additional needs, if your child has a disability, developmental delay, autism, chronic health condition or other need?
- What do other parents you know think of the different schools in your area? What was their experience?
School communication and connections
A good parent-school relationship can help your child get the most out of their education:
- What opportunities are there for parent and family involvement with the school?
- How is communication between the student’s family and the school managed?
- How does the school relate to the local community?