Choosing the right school for your child is an onerous task as there are so many different aspects that are involved. Most parents are so busy these days with their own lives that they simply admit their child in the neighbouring school that is perhaps only known for its snob value.
Education has undergone a sea change in the kinds of facilities they have on offer but most parents neglect the crucial aspect of a nurturing and mentally stimulating atmosphere that the school provides. Here are some ways in which you can course the difficult path of choosing the right school for your child.
Tips For Finding The Right School For Your Children
Review Your Own Constraints And Budget
You do not necessarily have to put your child at an expensive school just to prove a point. Some very ‘normal’ schools that do not boast of plush campuses and snobbish students give their children quality and sound education. The best place to start is by asking around within your neighbourhood. Well meaning parents of other children will always give you an accurate picture of the schools their children are studying in. Go in for the unanimous opinion.
Meet The Principal And The Teachers
Some schools have staff that is negative and unwelcoming. They are not receptive to queries and discerning questions that you may ask about the school. They also show an attitude of favouritism to certain well-off and affluent families during admission child. You surely would not want to put your child in a school, which has a faltering foundation and repute. The attitude of the teachers will help you discern whether this is the right school for your child.
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Academics are by far the most crucial aspect while selecting a school for your child. It should extend beyond the realm of routine textbook knowledge. Field trips, visits to museums and cultural centres and general knowledge should form an integral part of the academic curriculum.
The use of technology must be integrated into the classroom atmosphere especially when it comes to the use of computers. What is the procedure followed for evaluating a child’s scholastic achievements. Are the weak children privately tutored? You may also have to gauge the level of importance given to other aspects like musical and artistic achievements.
The school should have an interesting repertoire of extracurricular activities like dancing, sports, arts and crafts. Sports and physical activities must be given an impetus. Many schools are promoting sedentary lifestyles by burdening the children with home assignments and projects that leaves little time for games and sports. There should be a holistic approach on the part of the school to give a well-rounded structure to the child’s personality.
The Kind Of Students
Since the child will be interacting with other children, the quality of students that come is very important. Your child may become spoilt and demanding if he/she has to interact with children from overly affluent families that are notorious for spoiling their children. Money minded, materialistic and class-conscious children could leave a negative impact on your own child’s self esteem so be wary and exercise prudence while selecting such schools for your child.
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