Choosing a School for Your Child

Choosing a School for Your Child

Whether you are looking for a school for your 5 year old or 15 year old, it is important to do some careful research in order to determine the best fit for both your family and your child.

Before you begin the search, determine what elements you value most in a school community. These will anchor your school search. Some schools may offer opportunities which are interesting to you but do not align with the values that you have prioritized. Although exciting and new, it may not be the best fit for your family and your child(ren).

Here are some tips that you may find helpful during your school search:

  1. Determine what schools you will have access to. The Certificate of English Eligibility is required for English public and most independent English schools. Visit the school’s website to determine eligibility requirements. The Study does not require students to have a Certificate of English Eligibility. If you are uncertain, reach out to the school’s Admissions Department for further information.
  2. Schedule an in-person visit to the school - more than once. An Open House is a great way to see the school in action, meet current parents and students, and learn more about the school program. Narrow down your list and visit the schools of interest, a second time. A personal tour will allow you to see the school “in action” on a regular day. You should be able to see consistencies in the day-to-day experience and your Open House experience. Connect with current parents and/or graduates to get a sense of their experience.
  3. Ensure that there are places available for the grade level(s) that you are interested in and understand the admissions process. Each school will have its own admissions criteria. Determine a “plan B” if there is a possibility of your child being placed in a waitpool.

The school selection process can sometimes feel overwhelming. Have someone whom you can speak to as you explore your options. This can be your child’s daycare director, educator or close family friend. Trust your intuition - you know your child best and what environment s/he will thrive in.