Is your little elementary student ready to move up to junior high school after the summer break?
If you’re living in the same town where you or your spouse grew up in, there is a high possibility that you’ll wish for your child to have the same alma mater as his or her mom or dad does. In case it’s a new location, you may feel like it’s natural only for the kid to enter the nearest institution from the house. However, is that honestly the best decision you can make as a parent?
Here are the eight things to think about before enrolling your child in a school.
- The Environment
Off the bat, you should take into consideration the location of the establishment. Do you think it will be safe for a teenage boy or girl to leave the place without getting mugged or harassed? You don’t want to act judgmental about the neighborhood, no doubt, but the amount of litter or vandalism surrounding any institution can be an indication of how good or bad it will be.
- The Curriculum
Since your son or daughter is about to go to middle school, it means you already have a fair idea regarding their intellectual prowess. If he or she shows great interest in science, math, or arts, there may be an educational institution that may accept them and nurture their genius. Assuming they’re still at crossroads about what they want to do in later years, then it’s alright to enroll them in a regular school where they can acquire different skills.
- The Commute
How far the academy is to your home is another thing to study. Sometimes, despite having confidence with their kids, parents still don’t want them to travel for longer than 30 minutes to attend classes, regardless if they’ll ride the family car or a public bus. Other times, it’s the children who refuse to do that. Thus, have an honest conversation with your kid about their commute situation once they decide to enter this or that institution.
- The Child’s Special Needs
Let’s put out there that not only kids with autism or various physical or mental disabilities require particular attention. The ones with very high IQ or who came from a non-English speaking country have specific needs as well that your academy of choice has to be able to meet.
- The Ongoing School Regulation
As you scout for a middle school, you should remember to ask for a copy of their existing regulations. Most academies have plenty of do’s and don’t’s, and you have to ensure that the institution you’re eyeing imposes some – if not all – the rules you want your offspring to learn. Redempta Maithya, Ph.D. and co-authors wrote, “Along with academic performance, school discipline ranks as one of the major concerns voiced by the public about schools and the school system.”
- The Facilities
You also need to think about the newness of the academy’s facilities. In other words, are you cool with enrolling your child in a freshly built institution or a decades-old one? The former constitutes to current design; the latter speaks of history and perhaps long-lasting construction materials. Wan Zahari WanYusoff, Ph.D. says that, “School facilities have the important role to ensure the quality of teaching and learning with respect to achieve quality of education. The performance of school facilities significantly affected on student achievement.”
- The School Feedback
Don’t be shy to talk to your neighbors, friends, and family members who ideally have kids attending the same school your child will likely join. More than the teachers or the principal, other parents can offer plenty of details concerning their children’s experience there without sugarcoating anything. That can help you resolve whether it’s still a smart decision to put your son or daughter in that particular school. Ismat Rahman, Ph.D. points out that, “There is a great importance of feedback in improving learning experience for the students.”
- The Miscellaneous Fees
Finally, how’s the budget for the child’s education looking? In case you merely have a few thousand dollars prepared for one academic year, enrolling him or her in a public system where you just need to pay for books and lunch may be better. Considering there’s no financial limit, though, you can look into private – religious or not – establishments.