Parents know what is best for their children and selecting a school is a decision that recognizes that not every school is right for every child -- including ours!
But here are some things to consider:
- Do I know and agree with the philosophy of the school?
- Is the school safe and adequately staffed?
- What is the informal curriculum?
- Are the class sizes small enough so my child will get enough attention?
- What are the graduates like? How have they succeeded?
- Are there objective indicators of the school's quality?
- Are the teachers and administration accessible and helpful?
- What makes this school distinctive?
- What practical issues affect my family? Consider issues like: transportation, affordability, schedules, before and after care.
The advantages of a nonpublic school are many -- since private schools can often tailor their instructional program more easily to the needs of an individual child than government schools in which state requirements result in a "one-size-fits-all" approach.
You may want to visit the Council for American Private Education website (click here: CAPE
). It has valuable research-based information about private schools.
Also, visit the Association of Christian Schools International, ACSI
-- for insights about the value of Christian School education