School-Related Questions

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.

The fundamentals.

  • 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?
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  • 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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