BlogHow to choose the best school for your child?

9 June 2021by kasia_yetiz

In getting ready to send our child to school, we make one of the most important decisions of their lives, which will have a huge influence on how they see the world. On us, parents, lies great responsibility for making the best decision possible and ensuring our child a good start in life. So how can you prepare to choose a school and how can you make the best choice? The answer to the below questions will help you evaluate whether you should send your child to a particular school.

1. What are the relations like at school?

The first impression isn’t always enough – have a look what the relations are like between teachers and students, as well as parents. Can you easily contact the teacher of a particular subject directly? How do teachers work with students? Is there additional support outside of lesson times? These are just some of the questions that help determine what the system of relations is like within a school.

 

2. Is the school centered on its students’ development?

What is a measure of success and effectiveness – the results of exams and tests? Or also students taking part in various projects and their achievements? Supporting students in the development of their interests and helping them to develop competences related to them is a very important part of education because they allow each child to develop their natural predispositions. Self-realization and satisfaction from a chosen path of personal interests provide fuel and motivation for further education.

 

3. Does the school just pass on knowledge or does it teach students how to gain more knowledge themselves?

Does the culture of the school inspire students to think independently and express their opinions? The freedom of expression, being encouraged to ask questions, and analyzing subjects by students all contribute to critical thinking and independence in looking for solutions. Promoting these values is a definite positive aspect of a school that encourages such culture.

 

4. What sort of language possibilities does a school offer?

Foreign languages are standard throughout all educational systems. However, it is worth taking a look at how it is used at a particular school. Are there lessons three times a week, for example, or is there bilingual teaching taking place during other subjects? The more possibilities there are, the better it is for a child. Beginning learning a second language early stimulates the development of nerve connections in the brain, which leads to better concentration and the ability to focus on several things at once. Fluency in two languages also means better perspectives for professional development.

 

5. Do students usually work alone or in groups?

The way students work during lessons affects how their social skills develop. This influences making new contacts, friends, as well as the ability to cooperate – not only with people the same age but also with others. While individualism and independence are valuable characteristics, they shouldn’t dominate how a child works or the value that comes from working in a group. These abilities are especially useful in adulthood.

 

6. How large are the classes?

Does the school have very large classes or smaller ones? Working in smaller groups is usually more effective and allows for teachers to dedicate more time to each child, as well as have a more individual approach to each of them. This means that each child’s predispositions are more easily discovered and it helps direct them to areas that interest them in education.

 

7. How flexible is the school?

Flexibility isn’t something that automatically comes to mind about the education system. However this isn’t always the case. More and more schools are moving in the direction of expectations from parents and students, offering a more flexible approach to teaching. Some schools offer virtual education that allows for the schedule of lessons to be almost completely shaped to fit in with a family’s needs.

Read more about virtual education here.

 

What sort of perspectives might a student have after finishing such a school?

This is a question with a wide range of answers, but there are certain things that should be underlined when looking for an answer. One of them is – what sort of diploma does the school offer? Is it one that is honored in other countries? Does the school cooperate with other schools abroad, offering an international program, an exchange program, or the ability to talk with native speakers?

The number of things that must be taken into account in selecting a school is much longer than the ones we have mentioned, however the above could provide a basis for a decision. We must decide to what degree the school we are thinking about serves our children’s needs, as well as our own. In the case of many schools, the answers might be hard to find online. That’s why we recommend contacting the school directly and asking any questions that interest us. A simple talk with someone who works for the school can show a great deal about how the school caters to the needs of its families.

 

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