Choosing a School: Questions to Ask Before Your Visit

So, you’re looking for a new school. We’re glad you’ve come to to search for your options when it comes to academic performance and other critical measures of whether a school is good for kids!

But this data doesn’t live in a vacuum: to get a full picture of the school, and whether it is a good fit for your child, you need to visit the school itself.

Over the next several days, we’ll give you the tools you need to take a tour, ask the right questions, and get that fuller picture of the school.

Today: A few questions to ask yourself before visiting a school.

When you’re picking a new school for your child, you should start by defining your basic needs. What is most important for you in choosing a school? A few things to consider…

  • How far away is this school from my house?
  • What type of learning style works best for my child?
  • What kinds of activities do I want my child involved in?
  • What teaching philosophy or style do I most agree with as a parent? What type of teaching style works best for my child?
  • Do I want my child in an environment that is highly structured or one that is more flexible?

Start a list of must-have items and bring this with you on your school tour along with some of the other questions and resources we provide on in the Take Action Blog toolkit.