Choosing a High School for Your Child (Part 2 of 2)
Know Your Options
How do you pick the best school for your child? Whether you are choosing a public, selective or private school or homeschooling, whether or not you are paying tuition, careful planning is a must. Remember, you are looking for a school that will make the educational experience for your child and you as rewarding as possible.
Start Early and Cover All the Steps
Start your search for the best school by thinking about what you want a school to do for your child. Perhaps your child has special language or education needs. Keep these in mind. After all, you know your son or daughter better than anyone else does.
Different schools offer alternatives in teaching styles, content, and learning opportunities.
Write Down Aspects That Are Most Important to You and Your Family
Does your child need more challenging work?
Does your child need more individual attention?
Does your child generally need extra help or more time to complete an assignment?
Does your child have any special learning needs?
Is your child musical or artistic?
Does your child like to learn through physical activity?
Does your child learn best by listening?
Does your child learn best by seeing how things work?
Do you want your child to go to a school within walking distance of your home?
Can your child’s talents be nurtured outside your neighborhood?
How far are you willing to drive your child to school?
Does your child want to be in a school with his or her friends?
Do you want your child to go to a school near your after-school care? Near where you work? Near a close relative?
Does your child have any special transportation needs that must be considered in choosing a school?
Please also check out Part 2 of this article.