- What are the school’s mission, philosophy, and values?
From Kindergarten through 8th grade, a student will spend over 10,000 hours in school! Considering this magnitude of influence, it is important to choose a school that reinforces the values that you are teaching and modeling at home. Thoughtfully consider the things that your family values most – faith, relationships, learning, health and fitness, serving others, etc. Now think of these things in the context of your child’s school experience and ask, “How will this school support and reinforce the things we as a family value most?”
- Are the faculty qualified and committed to helping each student discover and achieve their unique potential?
Teachers should not only be qualified by virtue of education and credentialing, but they should also possess a passion for teaching, a love for children, and a sense of calling to serve their students and their families. They should be involved in ongoing professional growth and demonstrate a desire to know each student in order to most effectively help him or her achieve their full potential.
- Is this a school where my student can thrive?
The one-size-fits-all concept simply doesn’t work when choosing a school. Just because a school is a good fit for one child doesn’t mean it is the best choice for another—even within the same family. Consider your child’s personality, learning style, interests, and academic capability when looking at school options.
- How large are classes, and what is the teacher/pupil ratio?
Class size is a key consideration in choosing a school. For some children, a small class size makes the difference between success and ongoing struggle. Fewer students means more focused attention toward teaching students and less time spent engaged in simply maintaining classroom order.
- How does the environment support each child to achieve to their potential?
- Is parent involvement encouraged?
- What extra-curricular opportunities are offered?
- What enrichment programs are part of the school curriculum?