A guide to choosing the best school for your children
There is so much to think about when looking for a school for your children. Safety is usually a priority and it depends on whether you think they are safe at the school you choose. Of course, you have to think about how well the students are doing in school, the distance, other friends going to school, etc. This can be a lot of liquid and if you are moving to a new area or even if you are looking locally. You may be busy at work and in life in general. Here are some tips to improve your chances of finding a good school for your children.
Safety: The Biggest Concern
Unfortunately, safety is often the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about going to school today. If you want to rest easy knowing that your children are as safe as possible, you need to properly review the school’s security systems. You may want to make sure you have the proper systems and controls in place to handle a security breach like an active shooter. Then look at their actual systems. Consider whether they have a gunshot detection system. Are there metal detectors and are the classrooms locked from the inside?
You can also see statistics about mass shootings in the area. It won’t tell you if the school has any upcoming events, but it will give you an idea of the surroundings.
Also check the general surrounding security. Gunshot detection systems are great, but if a potential shooter or someone who wants to do harm can’t get into the school, the damage to your children is greatly mitigated.
When you can be sure that the school has the proper identification systems in place that can alleviate security concerns, you will have much more peace of mind knowing that your children are safe throughout the day.
Check a wide range of scores
Don’t just check how students are doing in Maths, English and Science. Instead, check everything. Your child may not be happy about one of these topics. Instead, they can be keen athletes, giving them a path to college. Instead, they may prefer to use a practical topic. Check if the school caters to all intelligence types by looking at results in different subjects, not just core subjects.
This can be difficult because the student changes as they grow from year to year. So when they leave, they might be interested in something completely different. However, when they switch favorite subjects, you can rest easy knowing that they will all be treated equally. A good way to check this is with school financial tables. What goes where? Do they get food money and if so, where do they want to allocate it?
Do they know people?
Sometimes, for example when you move, you have no choice here and they have to live in school without knowing anyone. If they go to high school, it’s wise to talk to other parents to make sure they go with their friends. It makes the whole thing much easier for them because there are familiar faces at the new school. It gives you peace of mind knowing they don’t need to make new friends right away. If they all go to the same school and that school also has good security, you win on two fronts.
How do they get there
How do your children get to school? The school bus usually drives, but sometimes it makes sense to ride a bike. If they ride an e-bike or an expensive bike, you need to make sure the school has safe places to store them. You should also make sure that the e-bike you buy is safe for children.
If they ride an e-bike to school, make sure the road is safe. In general, the school bus is safer, but thousands of children still cycle to school, especially in rural areas.
Maybe you drive them to and from school. Again, make sure the distance is feasible when factoring in your round trip. There’s no point in driving them to and from school if it’s going to ruin your day and stress you out about being late for work. In the end, they may not be able to ride the electric bike themselves, in which case sufficient and safe parking space must be provided for the children.