When it comes to choosing an educational institution for your child, there are numerous school-related questions that must be addressed to ensure you make the best decision.
- Do teachers have high standards for their students?
- Are students involved and active?
- Do the teachers have a rapport with their students?
- How does the “report card” of the school look? (You should be able to obtain the following information: students’ state test scores broken down by student subgroups; how many students performed at the “basic,” “proficient,” and “advanced” levels on the tests; and graduation rates.)
- Is there a strong program of core academic subjects like English, history, mathematics, science, arts, and foreign languages at the school?
- What courses are available at the school in addition to the core subjects?
- What evidence do you have that the school is successfully teaching students to read?
- Is there a special focus or theme for the curriculum at the school?
- Is the school’s curriculum challenging?
- Is there enrichment available for all students at the school? For students who are gifted or have special needs?
- Is there extracurricular activity at the school that supplements what is taught? Can all students take part?
- Is there a curriculum and the necessary support in place at your child’s school if they have special learning needs?
- What is the policy on homework? Does it correspond to your expectations for how much homework your child should complete?
- What is the size of the classes?
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Private school questions:
- What is the cost of tuition?
- Is there a payment plan in place?
- Is there a tuition sliding scale based on parish, church affiliation, or family income?
- What other costs and fees are there (room and board, uniforms, books, transportation, lab, and computer fees, activity fees)?
- What kinds of scholarships and loans are there?
- Is it necessary for students or their parents to be of a certain faith?
- Is there a policy in place at the school regarding student participation in religious instruction and worship?
- Is the school closed on religious and national holidays?
- Is the school’s schedule the same as that of the local public school?
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