The choice of the children’s school is one of the most important decisions that parents must make about the education of their children. Your choice will largely depend on the experiences, friendships and learning of the children in the coming years. It can be overwhelming to think about. Although we must not forget that if the reality is not as you had imagined you can change. However, the ideal is to make a good choice the first time. But how to choose a school? To facilitate this task, we recommend that you assess a series of points that will help you make the most appropriate choice for your children’s future schooling.
How to choose a school, 7 key points to assess.
1.- Points and educational continuity.
It is an important point to follow a learning path and mode with which the child is familiar. In addition, the points obtained can be a headache, so it is interesting to have them to access the school that interests you for your child .
2.- Educational and pedagogical project.
If you are happy with the pedagogical system with which your children learn, keep it in mind for their future. In solecitos we identify with methodologies such as Reggio Emilia pedagogy , Emmi Pikler’s pedagogical proposal and positive discipline.
3.- Closeness of the home to the school and its schedule.
For some families, the proximity of the school to the family home or that of the grandparents is essential . If you are not convinced by any school near your home, assess the distance from the ones you do like, how to get to them by public or private transport and if they have school transport that stops near your home. Also what time of entry and exit it has.
Consider how day to day would change for months and years depending on your choice.
4.- Ownership of the center and ideology, an important point to assess when deciding how to choose a school.
Conflicts and inconsistencies between your way of thinking and educating your child in moral values or ideology and that of the center can be chaotic for the child. The convenient thing is that they are aligned.
5.- Importance of languages, new technologies and other educational and out-of-school training offerings.
Choosing a public or private bilingual school in Spanish and English is something that more and more parents are choosing. Knowing and assessing the training offer in this sense and in terms of optional and extracurricular subjects is important to provide your child with options for their training.
6.- Available services, another key point for choosing a school.
Evaluate if it has a dining room service and what type of food it offers, if it has an early riser service , or long hours, camps and activities on holidays or vacations , agreements with sports clubs and others.
Other issues to consider when choosing a school.
⦁ Size of the school and number of students . Do you feel more comfortable in a small place or do you prefer that I know different realities and be able to socialize with more people?
⦁ Number of students per classroom .
⦁ Possibility of getting to know the center , its staff, its facilities and materials in an open day.
⦁ Try to know the experience of other parents , always bearing in mind that each case is different. But it can help you to know certain interesting aspects for your choice.