Education is of the utmost importance. It lays the foundation for reading and writing, which are essential to functioning in any society, culture and workforce. So where should you send your student to school to get this education? Should it be private or public? Would you like it to be religious or not? Perhaps you would like your student to attend a single-sex school as opposed to co-ed. You might even consider boarding school or another option where you find yourself outside of the radius. Clearly, there are a few factors to consider to ensure that you pick the right one, so here’s a few things we think will help make up that pros and cons list:
- Ask around: Get the feel from past and present peers and students. Getting the insider insight into school life, the staff and the facilities offered can help make your decision. Perhaps you place importance on the grounds or physical components of the campus, so getting the do’s and don’t’s from those who know it best will help guide you into what school best suits your student’s needs.
- See where others are going: Just like asking around, ask neighbours or relatives where they are thinking of sending their students. They might have an option or school you haven’t yet considered that could be the right fit. Considering where your student’s friends and relatives are attending may also influence your decision depending on whether or not you wish for your student to attend with them.
- Think about your own schooling experience. What was important to you as a student? What do you enjoy the most about your school? Was there something that you maybe didn’t enjoy? Thinking of yourself as a student and putting yourself in your now student’s shoes can open up your ideas and perspectives of what’s needed and what’s probably not.
- Do your research. With the help of our trusty friend google, you can now peruse school websites and information whenever and wherever you’d like. Looking into past events, current staff and future plans can be a big factor in the ole’ where to go to school decision. You might find that their future plans or what they offer is not something you value and therefore need to look elsewhere.
- Location and Travel time. Just as a logistical factor, it wouldn’t be ideal having to travel 1 hour each way every day in peak traffic. Keep in mind, most schools also have a radius where they allow their students to come from and for some schools you might just miss out by a few kms (annoying I know). Start with schools in the area or somewhere with convenient travel time and go from there.
- Co-curricular activities and opportunities. What is on offer? Do they have a rugby or netball team? Do they have days to volunteer or give back to the community? What about academic co-curricular opportunities? Perhaps a school trip or excursion? By not just focusing on the academics and logistics of school, schools can be found to be so much more.