Finding the right school for your child can be a long and difficult task. There are so many considerations to take into account including the individual needs of your child, your own personal and/or family circumstances, and your intentions for your child's future. This list of questions and actions will help you refine your search for the school best-suited to your child.
Does your child have a particular interest that you want the school to nurture such as:
Does your child have specific learning needs?
Does your family have particular religious beliefs or educational philosophies?
Are out of hours school care and vacation care important?
Is it important that the school is close to where you live or work?
What transport is available?
Is it important that the school is single sex or co-educational?
Is the size of the school important?
Do you want a pre-school, a primary school, a secondary school, or a combined primary and secondary school?
Are boarding facilities important?
What is the school’s educational philosophy?
What are the school’s values?
What are the facilities?
What does the school offer that makes it unique?
What is the average class size?
What is the school’s disciplinary code?
Does the school have a comprehensive curriculum?
How does the curriculum meet the needs of your child?
How does the school challenge and extend students of all abilities?
Does the school have a homework policy?
What co-curricular activities are offered such as, sport, music and camps?
Are any of these activities compulsory?
Is there an additional charge for such activities?
How will your child be assessed and how is assessment reported to parents?
How does the school measure its performance?
What structures are in place to ensure a caring and nurturing environment in the school?
How does the school provide support for students with specific learning, language and/or cultural needs?
What policies and procedures are in place to ensure the safety of students such as child protection and bullying?
How is career advice given?
How does the school communicate with parents?
What opportunities are there for parents to be involved with the school through a parents' association or volunteering?
What fee levels are you prepared to pay?
What are the arrangements for paying fees?
Are there additional costs for textbooks, uniforms, excursions and extra-curricular activities?
Are scholarships or bursaries available?
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