Just like everything else in life, when something is a good fit, it works.
How important is selecting a good fit school for your child? VERY IMPORTANT, if not crucial!
Whether you’re looking at pre-k, charter, public, parochial, private school, etc, and whether you pay tuition or not, selecting a good fit school for your child is one of the most important things you will ever do for them. A good fit school will make all the difference in your child’s educational journey, and future. Careful planning is a must.
If a child is happy at school, they’ll show it…they will come home each evening invigorated and excited to share their day with you. They will learn and thrive. If the school isn’t a good fit, you’ll know that soon enough too. Your child will be unhappy, frustrated, and struggle. Hopefully, that won’t be the case, but if it is, you’ll want to find out what is happening at school and see if the situation can be improved. If it can’t be improved, you might want to consider looking for another school as soon as possible. Your child’s confidence and growth are at stake.
Should you find yourself in a situation like this, doing your research is key.
No one knows your child better than you do. Keep notes, refer to them often as you consider a variety of school options. Create a checklist for each school being considered. Weigh their pros and cons based upon the best fit school criteria you have envisioned for your child. As you go through the process and learn things you may have not realized or considered, revise your check list so that when it comes time to make the school selection you have everything before you to make an apples-to-apples comparison.
There are dozens of questions to consider in your school search, but here are a few basic ones to help you get started with your checklist. I call these the Four C’s:
- Consider your child’s needs. What do you want a school to do for your child?
- Consider your child’s learning style. Are they an audible or visual learner?
- Consider the school location to home or work.
- Consider the cost
Remember, education is your child’s future. You want to be as thoughtful as possible about the school selection process. The school should be a good fit if it’s going to work for your family.
If you would like to discuss this further, we’d be happy to help you connect the DOTS.
Keep in mind, initial consultations are always complimentary!