Choosing an appropriate school for their child is one of the significant decisions every parent makes. Several considerations need to be made, including your child’s needs, the school’s location, budget, religious affiliations, and the school’s reputation. Carefully strategizing the selection process ensures you don’t make wrong choices for yourself and your child. The right school will foster your child’s overall growth and make learning a rewarding activity rather than a burden.
Here, we guide you through four essential steps of selecting a school for your child.
Step 1: Consider your child’s needs
When selecting a school for your child, the most crucial factor is understanding their wants. Every child is unique and some thrive in a structure environment and others thrive in a freer one. Think about whether your child has any special learning needs or any specific skill you want them to learn in schools, such as a foreign language or technical skills.
Step 2: Do your research
Whenever you buy a product or service, you do thorough research. The same applies to selecting your child’s school. You need to research all the schools that meet the list of considerations you made in step one.
- Check official sites providing information on schools and visit school websites to know more.
- Talk to parents who already have kids enrolled in the school. Reach out to the school directly and ask about their offering and the curriculum they follow.
- Learn about their teaching techniques and approach to learning.
- Check the overall academic performance and outcomes of the students.
- Ensure that the school and premises are safe for your child and make sure there are policies against illegal activities and bullying.
- Ensure that the school has safety measures in place for any emergencies.
Step 3: Visit the school
Once you shortlist the school that meets all your expectations and has an excellent reputation, visit in person and look for nuances not mentioned in print. This might include understanding the culture school follows, the staff and teacher’s behavior towards colleagues and students, and a lively and approachable environment for kids to open up and feel comfortable in their surroundings. You can only know these things when you see yourself, so a visiting is a crucial step.
Step 4: Apply to the schools
Once you’ve visited your top schools and have made a decision about where to attend, you’ll have to go through an application process. If your child isn’t accepted into your first choice, move down your list of favorites, or even apply to multiple at a time to ensure enrollment at one of your top choices. Every application process varies, but it is important to ensure you submit requested documents promptly and follow-up if you don’t hear anything from school regarding the status of your application. Some schools send hard copy letters while other might send an e-mail.
About King’s Way Christian School
Your child’s education plays a vital role in their upbringing and helps to shape their worldview. If you want your child to grow in Christian values and understanding of God through His word, King’s Way Christian School is the place to be. We focus on developing your child’s values, academic aptitude, and real-world skills, with the goal of turning them into successful and confident adults, with a deep-rooted love for the Lord. Whether they desire a future in the arts, athletics, careers in the executive or trade fields, or any other facet of life that God calls them to, we’ll help them get there with customized guidance. Call us at (360) 574-1613 or fill out our online contact form to know more.