Sending your children to the right school is a major decision. Exclusive schools are the best schools but looking at the school fees they charge, it becomes impossible for a medium salary earner to provide better education. This writeup would help parents in selecting the schools for their children if they really want them to be prepared for the secondary and higher education.
- Talk to parents of your target schools. You can get some insights about each school and how their children learned and improved their social lives. Relate their inputs with the other criteria to be objective.
- Observe the pupils’ behavior. Are they behaved, courteous and smart? You do not want to mingle your kids with bullies.
- Check the school’s consistencies. Call its office via telephone and compare what they are telling you versus the school’s handouts. Compare the policies being practiced with that of its mission and vision statements.
- A good school provides the best communications plan. Does it have a website where you can check on information you need? Are you allowed to interact on website? Does it have a student handbook so that no miscommunications will arise among the pupils, the parents, the teachers and all stakeholders? Are you notified by the school in writing?
- Does the school comply with government regulations? Is it registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) if it’s a corporation? Does it pay mayor’s permit and municipal licenses? Does it have at least a permit to operate given by the Department of Education? Are the school fees approved? Is the school registered with the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and compliant with issuance of official receipts and payment of taxes? Do they follow the SSS and Philhealth regulations? These things are very important. You don’t want to enrol your kid if at the middle of the school year, it will be closed for violations.
- Plan a surprise visit to the school and its facilities. It is best to see how the school looks like when it is not prepared. Check the security and sanitary situations.
- Will you get your money’s worth? Some schools charge exorbitant school fees but definitely not commensurate with the facilities and standards of the school. Some parents are willing preys to the connotation that high tuition fees equal high standard. All schools are good schools. But ask yourself if you are getting the same value for what you paid for.
- Schools with high standards do not display information so basic that any school should have or have attained. It should speak for itself.
- Ask for the student-teacher ratio. The lower number of pupils a teacher handles, the more attention your child gets. A good school has qualified academic staff.
- The last consideration is the school’s accessibilty and hospitality. Is the school location near your residence? Will the school keep your child in case you’re late in picking him up? Will your child feel at home in case eventualities happen?
You are now ready to decide. Remember that in entrusting your kids to the school of your choice, you still have the obligation to be their teacher at home. You start becoming the partner of the school and engage yourself in building the reputation of the institution that you chose to be your child’s second home.