What every parent needs to know about private schools
Looking at private schools for the first time? Interested in learning more about the benefits associated with a private school education? Read this review steps every parent should consider prior to choosing a private school.
- Start your analysis by asking questions about the quality of the curriculum and the vision of the Head of School, which should include a strong commitment to contextual learning and international mindedness, the hallmarks of the world’s best private schools.
- Ask about the school’s mission, goals and values and how they are advanced by the curriculum and student life.
- You can learn a lot about private school on the web, but don’t make any decisions until you have had a tour of the schools that appear to be a good match with what you want for your son or daughter.
- Confirm the student-to-teacher ratio and maximum class size as these are important considerations in any review of multiple private schools.
- Test whether the school makes learning accessible to any and all by asking about the commitment to student services support, another hallmark of the world’s best private schools.
- Ensure that every teacher is fully qualified to teach in Ontario.
- Look for schools where all staff members, not just teachers, are involved with the students. Important learning happens both during and after classroom time.
- Consider the location and driving time. The drive to and from school can be wearing if the school is not in a convenient location.
- Make sure your tour includes a personal meeting with the Head of School.
- Recognize that your choices narrow if you want a local private school that offers scholarships.
- Feel free to ask for a second visit. You are making an important decision and as such have every right to ask for a second look.
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