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6 Steps for Choosing the Right School for Your Child

Choosing the right school for your child is an important decision. Follow these six steps to find the perfect school for your child's needs and goals.

Zorita Sormann
Education Analyst

Choosing the right school is a significant decision and one that most parents take very seriously. Learning in a great school with fantastic teachers, culture, and facilities can certainly help children fulfil their potential.

This article will serve as a guide to help you find the right school for your child. Hopefully, it will play a small part in the process that ultimately ensures your child will thrive and be happy.

Step 1: Decide whether private or public education is best for your situation

Deciding between public and private education is an essential first step to defining the set of possible schools for your child. It is a highly personal decision, dependent on your values, your geographical location, your education philosophy, your financial situation and the number of children you have.

In the process of making this decision, investigate whether your child might be able to access selective schools and find out what scholarships are available.

It is also worth remembering that your decision is not final and that your child can change schools. Many families send their children to a public primary school and privately educate them in secondary school.

Step 2: Create a list of schools accessible to your child

It is essential to ensure that the school you send your child to is easily accessible. To this end, you may choose to create a list of schools near your home or those that are easily accessible by public transport.

It is also worth remembering that this decision is not final and that your child can change schools during their education. Many families send their children to a public primary school and privately educate them in secondary school.

A large lecture theatre in a school houses many students

Step 3: Visit the schools on your list

It is always worthwhile visiting the schools that you are considering for your child. Sign up for a school tour.

Whilst there, check out the campus and the facilities. Do you think the size of the campus is suitable for your child? Do you feel there are enough playground facilities and space for exercise and play?

Following COVID-19, it is also worth asking what measures have been taken to improve the ventilation of classrooms to ensure that it is a safe environment for your child.

Step 4: Explore the programs available at the school to determine if they are suitable for your child

Most schools have comprehensive websites and brochures filled with information about the programs offered by the school. Some of the things worth considering include:

What music programs are available. Will your child be encouraged to excel at an instrument and to participate in musicals, concerts and bands. If your child has musical talent, is there a music scholarship on offer?

What sports are offered. If sport is important to your child, make sure that the facilities, curriculum, and interschool competition opportunities will foster a passion for sport. It may also be worth exploring if there are sports scholarships available for kids who show talent.

What is the art program like. Are there facilities for painting, sculpture, printmaking or pottery.

If your child is showing signs of being academically gifted, find out how their talents can be recognised and extended at the school. You might look to NAPLAN or ATAR results to assess the academic performance of the school. There are geographic discrepancies in academic performance, so be sure to measure these results against the other options on your list rather than against the national average.

Step 5: Speak to the principal and teachers

There are likely to be some questions that the school's documentation does not answer in great detail. You may like to ask for more information from the students, teachers or the school principal.

Some topics of conversation might include:

• The school’s values

• Religious education

• Second language programs

• Protocols on bullying

• The availability of school support services such as counsellors and psychologists

Step 6: Finally, speak to other parents

Information gleaned from other parents will help you determine whether the school's culture fits with your family values. These people have been through the same process you are experiencing, so they are likely to be generous with their time and support.

Find out about their experience as parents of the school, and if their children are happy and have made friends.

If you decide to send your children to the same school as the parents you have spoken with, you may also like to introduce your children before the school year starts as this contact may help your child transition into the school.

Wrapping up

Choosing a school can be a long, confusing and emotional process. A systematic approach to determining the right school for your child will hopefully make the process less arduous and more rewarding.

Choosing the right school is a significant decision and one that most parents take very seriously. Learning in a great school with fantastic teachers, culture, and facilities can certainly help children fulfil their potential.

This article will serve as a guide to help you find the right school for your child. Hopefully, it will play a small part in the process that ultimately ensures your child will thrive and be happy.

Step 1: Decide whether private or public education is best for your situation

Deciding between public and private education is an essential first step to defining the set of possible schools for your child. It is a highly personal decision, dependent on your values, your geographical location, your education philosophy, your financial situation and the number of children you have.

In the process of making this decision, investigate whether your child might be able to access selective schools and find out what scholarships are available.

It is also worth remembering that your decision is not final and that your child can change schools. Many families send their children to a public primary school and privately educate them in secondary school.

Step 2: Create a list of schools accessible to your child

It is essential to ensure that the school you send your child to is easily accessible. To this end, you may choose to create a list of schools near your home or those that are easily accessible by public transport.

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It is also worth remembering that this decision is not final and that your child can change schools during their education. Many families send their children to a public primary school and privately educate them in secondary school.

A large lecture theatre in a school houses many students

Step 3: Visit the schools on your list

It is always worthwhile visiting the schools that you are considering for your child. Sign up for a school tour.

Whilst there, check out the campus and the facilities. Do you think the size of the campus is suitable for your child? Do you feel there are enough playground facilities and space for exercise and play?

Following COVID-19, it is also worth asking what measures have been taken to improve the ventilation of classrooms to ensure that it is a safe environment for your child.

Step 4: Explore the programs available at the school to determine if they are suitable for your child

Most schools have comprehensive websites and brochures filled with information about the programs offered by the school. Some of the things worth considering include:

What music programs are available. Will your child be encouraged to excel at an instrument and to participate in musicals, concerts and bands. If your child has musical talent, is there a music scholarship on offer?

What sports are offered. If sport is important to your child, make sure that the facilities, curriculum, and interschool competition opportunities will foster a passion for sport. It may also be worth exploring if there are sports scholarships available for kids who show talent.

What is the art program like. Are there facilities for painting, sculpture, printmaking or pottery.

If your child is showing signs of being academically gifted, find out how their talents can be recognised and extended at the school. You might look to NAPLAN or ATAR results to assess the academic performance of the school. There are geographic discrepancies in academic performance, so be sure to measure these results against the other options on your list rather than against the national average.

Step 5: Speak to the principal and teachers

There are likely to be some questions that the school's documentation does not answer in great detail. You may like to ask for more information from the students, teachers or the school principal.

Some topics of conversation might include:

• The school’s values

• Religious education

• Second language programs

• Protocols on bullying

• The availability of school support services such as counsellors and psychologists

Step 6: Finally, speak to other parents

Information gleaned from other parents will help you determine whether the school's culture fits with your family values. These people have been through the same process you are experiencing, so they are likely to be generous with their time and support.

Find out about their experience as parents of the school, and if their children are happy and have made friends.

If you decide to send your children to the same school as the parents you have spoken with, you may also like to introduce your children before the school year starts as this contact may help your child transition into the school.

Wrapping up

Choosing a school can be a long, confusing and emotional process. A systematic approach to determining the right school for your child will hopefully make the process less arduous and more rewarding.

Choosing the right school is a significant decision and one that most parents take very seriously. Learning in a great school with fantastic teachers, culture, and facilities can certainly help children fulfil their potential.

This article will serve as a guide to help you find the right school for your child. Hopefully, it will play a small part in the process that ultimately ensures your child will thrive and be happy.

Step 1: Decide whether private or public education is best for your situation

Deciding between public and private education is an essential first step to defining the set of possible schools for your child. It is a highly personal decision, dependent on your values, your geographical location, your education philosophy, your financial situation and the number of children you have.

In the process of making this decision, investigate whether your child might be able to access selective schools and find out what scholarships are available.

It is also worth remembering that your decision is not final and that your child can change schools. Many families send their children to a public primary school and privately educate them in secondary school.

Step 2: Create a list of schools accessible to your child

It is essential to ensure that the school you send your child to is easily accessible. To this end, you may choose to create a list of schools near your home or those that are easily accessible by public transport.

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It is also worth remembering that this decision is not final and that your child can change schools during their education. Many families send their children to a public primary school and privately educate them in secondary school.

Step 4: Explore the programs available at the school to determine if they are suitable for your child

Most schools have comprehensive websites and brochures filled with information about the programs offered by the school. Some of the things worth considering include:

What music programs are available. Will your child be encouraged to excel at an instrument and to participate in musicals, concerts and bands. If your child has musical talent, is there a music scholarship on offer?

What sports are offered. If sport is important to your child, make sure that the facilities, curriculum, and interschool competition opportunities will foster a passion for sport. It may also be worth exploring if there are sports scholarships available for kids who show talent.

What is the art program like. Are there facilities for painting, sculpture, printmaking or pottery.

If your child is showing signs of being academically gifted, find out how their talents can be recognised and extended at the school. You might look to NAPLAN or ATAR results to assess the academic performance of the school. There are geographic discrepancies in academic performance, so be sure to measure these results against the other options on your list rather than against the national average.

Step 5: Speak to the principal and teachers

There are likely to be some questions that the school's documentation does not answer in great detail. You may like to ask for more information from the students, teachers or the school principal.

Some topics of conversation might include:

• The school’s values

• Religious education

• Second language programs

• Protocols on bullying

• The availability of school support services such as counsellors and psychologists

Step 6: Finally, speak to other parents

Information gleaned from other parents will help you determine whether the school's culture fits with your family values. These people have been through the same process you are experiencing, so they are likely to be generous with their time and support.

Find out about their experience as parents of the school, and if their children are happy and have made friends.

If you decide to send your children to the same school as the parents you have spoken with, you may also like to introduce your children before the school year starts as this contact may help your child transition into the school.

Wrapping up

Choosing a school can be a long, confusing and emotional process. A systematic approach to determining the right school for your child will hopefully make the process less arduous and more rewarding.

Choosing the right school is a significant decision and one that most parents take very seriously. Learning in a great school with fantastic teachers, culture, and facilities can certainly help children fulfil their potential.

This article will serve as a guide to help you find the right school for your child. Hopefully, it will play a small part in the process that ultimately ensures your child will thrive and be happy.

Step 1: Decide whether private or public education is best for your situation

Deciding between public and private education is an essential first step to defining the set of possible schools for your child. It is a highly personal decision, dependent on your values, your geographical location, your education philosophy, your financial situation and the number of children you have.

In the process of making this decision, investigate whether your child might be able to access selective schools and find out what scholarships are available.

It is also worth remembering that your decision is not final and that your child can change schools. Many families send their children to a public primary school and privately educate them in secondary school.

Step 2: Create a list of schools accessible to your child

It is essential to ensure that the school you send your child to is easily accessible. To this end, you may choose to create a list of schools near your home or those that are easily accessible by public transport.

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Suspendisse varius enim in eros elementum tristique. Duis cursus, mi quis viverra ornare, eros dolor interdum nulla, ut commodo diam libero vitae erat. Aenean faucibus nibh et justo cursus id rutrum lorem imperdiet. Nunc ut sem vitae risus tristique posuere.

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Suspendisse varius enim in eros elementum tristique. Duis cursus, mi quis viverra ornare, eros dolor interdum nulla, ut commodo diam libero vitae erat. Aenean faucibus nibh et justo cursus id rutrum lorem imperdiet. Nunc ut sem vitae risus tristique posuere.

It is also worth remembering that this decision is not final and that your child can change schools during their education. Many families send their children to a public primary school and privately educate them in secondary school.

Step 4: Explore the programs available at the school to determine if they are suitable for your child

Most schools have comprehensive websites and brochures filled with information about the programs offered by the school. Some of the things worth considering include:

What music programs are available. Will your child be encouraged to excel at an instrument and to participate in musicals, concerts and bands. If your child has musical talent, is there a music scholarship on offer?

What sports are offered. If sport is important to your child, make sure that the facilities, curriculum, and interschool competition opportunities will foster a passion for sport. It may also be worth exploring if there are sports scholarships available for kids who show talent.

What is the art program like. Are there facilities for painting, sculpture, printmaking or pottery.

If your child is showing signs of being academically gifted, find out how their talents can be recognised and extended at the school. You might look to NAPLAN or ATAR results to assess the academic performance of the school. There are geographic discrepancies in academic performance, so be sure to measure these results against the other options on your list rather than against the national average.

Step 5: Speak to the principal and teachers

There are likely to be some questions that the school's documentation does not answer in great detail. You may like to ask for more information from the students, teachers or the school principal.

Some topics of conversation might include:

• The school’s values

• Religious education

• Second language programs

• Protocols on bullying

• The availability of school support services such as counsellors and psychologists

Step 6: Finally, speak to other parents

Information gleaned from other parents will help you determine whether the school's culture fits with your family values. These people have been through the same process you are experiencing, so they are likely to be generous with their time and support.

Find out about their experience as parents of the school, and if their children are happy and have made friends.

If you decide to send your children to the same school as the parents you have spoken with, you may also like to introduce your children before the school year starts as this contact may help your child transition into the school.

Wrapping up

Choosing a school can be a long, confusing and emotional process. A systematic approach to determining the right school for your child will hopefully make the process less arduous and more rewarding.

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