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What factors should I consider in choosing the most appropriate primary school for my child?

I am having difficulty deciding on a good primary school for my child. Due to personal circumstances my son can’t continue studying at the same place where he received his preschool education, that’s why I have got to find a completely new school, and it’s a nightmare. When it comes to finding the best backpacks for school or cheap supplies, I’m a pro, but this is a bit out of my league. Safety is my biggest concern when it comes to schooling. I’ve heard great things about student security at the central community school system, and that is the level of dedication to safety I would like to see at my child’s school. I really need to find the best institution that will provide both high standards of education and uncompromised safety.

Frank Nichols

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Kevin Sutter on January 16, 2018

Certainly, a child is the most important thing to a parent and wanting the best for them is only natural. I understand your concerns about your son but I think it’s time you start letting him go a little.

Stop worrying too much. Unfortunate events that happen at primary schools are just that, unfortunate. They are not the norm and have very slim chances of recurring.

When choosing the most appropriate primary education institution, you should consider the following factors:

  • Test score ranking: This is the most important factor. It refers to the grades of the schools based on the scores its students attained in state assessment tests. You want to take your child to a well-performing school. Be sure to check out the school rankings in your area. You can also note the up-and-coming schools and consider them.
  • Philosophy: This refers to the guiding principles used in a particular school. The philosophy is usually applied to all students: from their education in preschool to senior year. Examples include eclectic, inquiry-based, individualized, enlightened traditional, academic, bank street, progressive etc. Choose a philosophy that best suits your child.
  • Teacher performance: This is an evaluation of teaching parameters in a school. It includes state test results, absenteeism and salaries. Schools with teachers that fare well in these areas tend to be better.
  • Student-teacher ratio: This is the number of students per teacher in a school. You need to go for a smaller ratio as it denotes that the student will have a more personalized relationship with the teacher. Such school district institutions as the central community school tend to have a higher ratio of student-teacher when compared to private schools.
  • Security: This is your immediate concern. Go for a school with a well-established security mechanism. This will ensure your kid is safe thus giving you the much-needed peace of mind.
  • Sports: Prioritize on schools that perform well in sports. Choose schools with a larger variety of sports activities and adequate athletic facilities.
  • Culture&Diversity: Choose an inclusive school that has students from different economic and racial backgrounds.
  • Parent and student surveys: Look for reviews of schools from both parents and students. Based on the feedback received you will be able to make an informed decision using the experiences of people who have already interacted with the establishment.

Be sure to visit the potential school before you make your final decision: personal impressions are as important as facts and figures.

Wilson Hansena year ago

Thanks for the detailed answer! I’ve been experiencing trouble selecting the best primary school for my child as well. You have made some excellent points, and I will definitely be considering them as I decide where to take my munchkin for education.

I would like to point out that I find the test score ranking the most important aspect in school choice. It really shows the academic level of the institution. High academic achievements indicate that the students at this school will get the necessary knowledge and skills.

Teacher grading is also an important element in choosing a school for your child. In terms of salary, better-paid teachers tend to exceed the performance of their underpaid counterparts. Well paid teachers are happier with their jobs, which is in turn reflected in their output.

Moreover, schools with high rates of teacher absenteeism have shown worse results when compared to schools with high teacher attendance.

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