Finding the gold
If you are your family are moving to a new neighborhood you are probably already looking for a new school for your kids. There is some work involved when choosing a new school but its all well worth it in the end. Well rounded learning will help your child transition smoothly into college or even get a head start if the high school offers AP classes. Down below are some things to look for when you’re trying to find a good school.
Does the school get good ratings? Check out GreatSchools.org! They show schools with a certain rating system on a scale from 1-10. This might not be the ultimate deciding factor but it will at least give you a place to start. Similarly, Niche.com scores a school with factors like: diversity, academics, teachers, clubs and school safety. Schooldigger.com gives you a student teacher ratio and an idea of what the diversity looks like. A good school should have a good rating.
Sit in on a couple different classes and see what vibe you get. firstly, classrooms should be decorated in a positive way. Secondly, teacher and student interaction should acceptable. Part of finding a good school should be finding good teachers! Lastly, do they make exceptions for students with special need? Or do they only teach one way of doing things?
Good extracurricular activities
Are there sports? Do they offer more then one language? After-school tutors? All of these are good questions to ask when you’re trying to find a good school. Good after school activities help keep children active. For some this isn’t important but for a lot of families, a sports league is everything. If sports aren’t your thing maybe chess team or band!
If you can, ask other parents what they think of the local schools. If you have a specific one in mind, ask parents of the children who attended there and see how they have got on. Finding a good school shouldn’t be rocket science; just follow the word of mouth. To begin with, ask if the children ever struggled in classes or with teachers. Equally important, see if they ever had problems with bullies.
Do they have a library? Gym/Basketball court? Student computers? A good school should have plenty of resources for the kids to use. A library with lots of books and likewise, a computer lab with enough computers to use. Similarly, ask if there are school field trips or other hands on experiences for science and biology. This is a great way to get kids interested and actively involved.
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