It hence, becomes extremely vital to choose the right path for our kids.Choosing a school can be a tedious process for parents with multiple facilities and options available. The competition is at its peak always when it comes to choosing the right medium for our kids. As parents we however need to rise above the peer pressure surrounding us.We need to carve our own paths to walk on instead of following the herd to a place that is not meant for us.
The education kids receive at school is special because they not just learn but they also make memories right from day one to the last one.Ken Robinson who is an international adviser on Education rightly mentions, “All children start their school careers with sparkling imaginations, fertile minds, and a willingness to take risks with what they think.”
As a parent, I have been through my share of worries and anxiety attacks when it came to choosing a school for my child. Choosing a school for your kids is as important as choosing the right life partner. There are multiple factors to consider and I am going to list down a few of them for you to help you make your decisions easier.
Distance This should be one of the first factors one must consider when choosing a school. You definitely do not want your child travelling miles and coming back home extremely tired. You need to keep in mind that as your child progresses and develops interest in variety of things, he or she may want to enroll for extracurricular classes and you want to keep spare time for that as well. So choose a school within easy proximity for your child. Look for a school that doesn’t take more than 30 to 40 minutes to reach and come back home.
Faculty This is another important factor to consider and ponder over. There are reviews about school and teachers that are easily available on the internet.You can get onto social media groups such as Facebook , Quora or even Google for that matter to find our reviews about the school and the staff. The learning and teaching methodology, the behaviour and education of teachers, all needs to be considered. You can even visit the shortlisted schools and request for interaction with the some of the school staff to get a good understanding. Your favorite BBC network of whats app groups should also be able to help you crack this one. You can ask parents whose wards are already in a particular school for reviews as well.
Extra-Curricular Activities We all know, all work and no play, makes jack a dull boy. Look for an institution that has space and facilities to help your kids burn up that pent up energy.They need to have multiple options to help your child pick a hobby that interests him/her. A lot of schools now offer sports and music programs along with educational workshops.Select a school that has some of your child’s interests to offer.
Budget Considering the economic growth for parents is not very high,this factor will help you further shortlist the school for your child. You need to have a thorough look at the fee structure to try and understand if everything is transparent and really needed. Choose a school where you can sustain to pay fees regularly and this does not become a burden for you.
Education Board There are multiple education boards available out there depending on your location of residence.Pick one that suits your child’s interest accordingly. You can read here about the different education boards in India.This article elaborates on some of the best school systems in the world.
Class Strength and Student Teacher Ration This may not always be important but can be a checkpoint in some cases. As a parent we definitely do not expect hundred percent attention on our child however the ratio should be such that each child gets attention equally.A class where there are more students with probable only one teacher seems like a seminar in an auditorium.
Infrastructure You need to look around to see the safety of kids at school.The cleanliness and the space also matters. You need to examine the infrastructure overall to ensure that the place is well maintained and safe for the kids to be at.
Schooling is the most important phase of a person’s life. Everything they are as adults has its roots in their schools.You should look at school records as well to ensure the school has progressed overtime.You should pick a school that not only matches your child’s temperament and intelligence but also helps them build their skills and grow as a person.