When the time of open doors in schools begins, doubts may begin in many parents. Choosing the school for your children is not an easy task, but in addition to this, getting it right can also be an impossible mission. Many parents opt for the proximity of the school to the family home or for the money it may cost, but in many cases these aspects are not always enough, even if it is comfortable. So how do you choose a good school for your children?
It is very important to know how to choose the school for the children, because after all, it is a center where the children will spend a large part of their lives, in addition to which the professionals will become other of their adult references and will learn a lot from them. . For some time now, parents value more that the centers have a good level of languages (especially English), innovative education projects, a low rate of bullying, good problem-solving strategies, etc.
What to consider when choosing a school for your children
The most important thing when choosing a school is to take into account if the characteristics it offers are adequate enough for our children, if they really will help them to train successfully, if they will really be happy within those walls together with all those professionals. Later, other aspects can be taken into account, such as family or economic ones. Having said that, the following aspects should also be taken into account.
The attention to diversity
Attention to diversity is crucial in all schools. An educational center must adapt to children and not children to the center. Each child has a way of learning and many will have special educational needs that must be addressed rigorously and professionally so that the little ones can enhance all their abilities. Each child learns in a different way and a school must be able to empower them all.
The values that work
The values that are worked on are very important to take into account. In this sense, social values are essential in all schools, but there are educational centers that have specific values that not all parents accept or share. For example, there are families that do not follow any religious belief and perhaps a religious educational center would not be the best option for them. Therefore, in addition to the values, the ideology of the center must also be kept in mind.
The teaching team
In addition to the pedagogical project of the center (how and what the educational center teaches), the teaching team has a very great weight when making the decision to choose a school. In the open day for parents, it is used to get to know the teaching team, to ask them how they work in class, what methodologies they use, how they resolve possible conflicts in the classroom, etc.
The economic cost
A very expensive and private school does not necessarily have to be better than a public school. But in addition, it is necessary to take into account that there are some public schools that charge more than some concerted ones. What matters is that the values and the pedagogical project are to your liking and that you like the school. Although of course, you have to think about your budget to choose a good school.
Other aspects to consider
- Extracurricular activities. A good offer of extracurricular activities is also a feature to keep in mind.
- Facilities. Facilities in good condition is also something that parents look at a lot, nobody likes their children to be in poorly maintained educational centers.
- School continuity. That there is the possibility that the children can continue doing ESO in the same educational center to avoid too abrupt changes.
- That the school has good strategies to deal with bullying.
- That there is AMPA.
- The school has a good social reputation.
- That the ratio of students per class is not too high.