Starting right: how to properly choose your child’s school

How do I pick the best (or the most appropriate) school for my child?” This question is often asked by parents who are at a loss how to begin looking for the right school to enrol their children.

A good way to have your initial questions about a certain school answered is by going online and visiting that school’s website. For instance, go to Global Indian International School (mygiis) Singapore to know about the campus, its offerings, and its track record.

In this article, we’ll tackle some considerations that will allow you to make an informed decision. Contemplate these as you go through the process of selecting a school for your child. Note that you are looking for a school that will make the educational journey for him or her and you as effortless and rewarding as possible.

Consider him or her and your family. Begin your search for the right school by considering what you want a particular school to do for him or her. If he or she has special language or education necessities, then keep it in mind as you start searching. After all, you know your son or daughter better than anyone.

Your child’s learning style: 

  • Does he or she learn best by seeing how things work?

  • Does he or she learn best by reading about how something works?

  • Does he or she learn best by listening?

  • Is he or she logical or mathematical?

  • Is he or she musical or artistic?

  • Does he or she like to learn in groups?

  • Does he or she like to work alone?

  • Does he or she like to participate in discussions?

  • Does he or she like to learn through physical activity?

Your child’s needs: 

  • Does he or she need a more structured environment?

  • Does he or she need a less structured environment?

  • Does he or she have any special learning needs?

  • Does he or she need an environment that fosters creativity?

  • Does he or she need an English language acquisition program?

  • Does he or she need more challenging work?

  • Does he or she need more individual attention?

  • Does he or she generally need extra help or more time to complete an assignment?

The location of school: 

  • Do you want him or her to go to a school within walking distance of your home?

  • Does he or she want to be in a school with his or her friends?

  • How far are you willing to drive him or her to school?

  • Does he or she have any special transportation needs that must be considered in choosing a school?

After considering these, contact the schools you are interested in and consider making an appointment as soon as possible. If an international school is part of your consideration, check out mygiis, a top Indian international school based in Australia. You may tour the schools during regular school hours and even visit a few classes.

Listen to what the teachers are saying about the school. The teachers will be the adults closest to children, and you will need to know if they’re well prepared, enthusiastic, and happy in their work. Notice the student’s mood as well. Lastly, ask other parents whose children are enrolled in the school. They’ll be able to answer most of your questions about how the schools are affecting their child.