Making The SMART Decision For Your Child’s Education

By David S. Chang

Education is important. So, when it comes to choosing the right school for your child, it is important that you consider a variety of factors in choosing the right one. Academic achievement is just one of those areas.

You should think about where the location of the school, how much focus and attention teachers pay to particular subjects, the learning styles used in the classroom, and how they meet the specific educational needs of your child. 

Whether you are considering a military boarding school for boys, a public school or a private one, you should still ask the same questions that will impact your child’s learning environment.

Start with Research

There will be lots of ways that you can research the potential schools for your child. Firstly, there will be test scores and averages in exams. There also may be reports that have been published by the local education authority ranking the schools in the district.

Ask the parents of children who are currently at that school, as well as the children attending the school. Don’t be afraid to talk to teachers or administrators. They will be able to provide you with valuable insight into what life is actually like for students there. 

Read local newspaper clippings about the school to try and get a feel for its academic focus, and how well it meets the educational needs of the attending children. A Google search into the school will no doubt provide you with lots of articles to look at. Look for patterns and trends in the commentary. 

Visit the school yourself. Take your child with you so that they can get a feel for the place. After all, this is their future that you are planning. Ask as many questions as you need to. Compare and contrast with your other choices.


The Location of The School

Most cases where you live is where you go to school. If you are looking at moving to get your child in the best school or have the ability to pick and choose a school, then you have a lot more options available.

The location of your child’s school is important. If the daily drive, walk, or bus journey is too long, it could be difficult to juggle after school activities, homework, and family time. Schools that are closer to home and more likely to attract other children who live nearby.

This can be helpful for your child’s socialization. Often, the friendships formed in school last for a lifetime. This obviously should be taken in balance when compared to the teaching and subjects on offer in the school.


Teaching and Learning Styles

The quality of teaching should be one of the highest priorities. Educational standards can be somewhat subjective, however, you need to be happy that the teaching styles used in the school that you are considering meet your standards and expectations. 

Every child learns in a different way. Some are auditory, visual, tactile learners, or a combination. Finding a school that teaches their children using a wide range of styles and resources will ultimately be more productive to your child’s future prospects.


Subjects 

Your child may have already expressed interests or shown a strong aptitude for certain subjects. Choosing a school based on your child’s particular interests is important.

Whether or not they carry on this interest throughout their academic lives or even make a career in a relative sector is less important. What is significant is that there are subjects that your child is able to engage with and get enthusiastic about.

Learning how to learn is a fundamental aspect of education, and this engaging with something that they enjoy will allow them to develop with ease a skill that they will benefit from for the rest of their lives. 


Special Educational Needs

If your child has any specific educational needs, such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, or autism, you will need to know that there will be support for them within the school they attend. Look for a school that can help special educational needs. A good school can help diagnose and customize the academic curriculum to cater to the student.


Class Sizes

Another very important area that you should be looking at when considering which school your child should go to is the size of the classes. Smaller classes offer greater contact between teacher and student and as a result, a higher degree of success.

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David S. Chang

Award-Winning Entrepreneur, Wealth Manager and CEO | Chief Editor, Author, Keynote Speaker, Consultant ArtofThinkingSmart.com | Political Consultant | Army Officer National Guard | Living To Fulfill Needs, Solve Problems, and Live Passionately!

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