What To Look For In A Good School
By Adwina Jackson
Selecting a good school for your children can be a difficult challenge. Many parents are under the impression that they have no choice when it comes to their children’s education. This isn’t the case at all however.
Most parents check into school districts before having children, or before moving into the home they plan on raising their children in, as your location may affect which school your children attend.
Others look into charter schools or private schools to ensure that their children are afforded the best possible educational opportunities.
No matter what you decide, there are several things you should do in advance to be sure you’re children will get the most out of their academic experiences.
There are several qualities good schools have in common, and these are what you should be looking for when you investigate schools in your area.
Since you will probably initially be looking at pre-schools and kindergarten, we will focus on these schools so you know what to look for.
Good Reputation – Any good school will have a solid reputation. You should here good things about it from neighbors, friends, and family members and in general. Not sure if a school has a good reputation? Ask around. Your sure to find information if you are a bit curious. A school with a good reputation is likely to be warm, welcoming, friendly and knowledgeable about children’s development. If you’re not sure about a reputation, consider visiting the school and meeting with the director. They should be able to provide you with references.
Established Procedures and Rules – A decent school will have a set schedule of procedures and rules they follow with regard to child care and curriculum. Do not opt for a school that allows to much flexibility when it comes to policies and procedures. Remember that flexibility may impact your child’s safety and well being, as well as their opportunities for learning growth and development. Clearly established hours should be defined and well as lessons and even meal times. There should also be a strict sick child policy in place.
Invigorating Curriculum – Check to see how stimulating the educational facilities curriculum is. A good curriculum will include a wide variety of activities including group activities, individual activities, reading sessions, play time and even quite time and free time. Check to see that the curriculum is age appropriate and changes over time. Some schools even have specialized curriculums geared toward teaching children various philosophies.
Whatever school you decide to go with, be sure that you look for a program that you are comfortable with and that supports your ideals and philosophies.
Your children should be encouraged to develop their independence and creativity.
Don’t forget to make it a point to visit the school and watch other children while in the learning environment. This will be your best tip off regarding the quality of the school.
About the Author: Adwina Jackson is a wife and mother of a young boy. She's also the editor of Inspiring Parenting, an online source of valuable parenting information. Please visit Inspiring Parenting for helpful and free parenting info.