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17 Recommendations to Finalize A School For Your Kids

Writer Junaid Tahir and his 11 years old son Rafay have prepared these 17 checks for parents to help finalize the school for their kids...


Writer Junaid Tahir and his 11 years old son Rafay have prepared these 17 checks for parents to help finalize the school for their kids.
 

One of the major responsibilities of being parent is finalization of school for your kids. These days, its an uphill task; reason being, there are plenty of options available to choose from. Many parents, including you, are confused on how to choose a good school. With below check list your school selection criteria will be easier.

1- Fee structure

Off course the foremost criteria for your as parent. Remember, not all schools charging hefty fees are good. Be considerate. Choose a school which you can afford in long term. Selecting a high-fee school and taking the kids off from school after a year will disturb the continuation of their studies.

2- Transportation

It is better to avail transportation service from school instead of private arrangement. These days many schools offer good services including a nanny, having a camera in the bus, attendance system (bus entry and exit). There is nothing better if you would like to drop your schools yourself as you can utilize this time for having casual, candid chats with kids, teaching them something new, listen to their stories and so on.

3- Distance from home

If you are kids are taking more than 30 minutes reaching to school (either with you or with private conveyance) its not fair with them. Choose a school near to your home.

4- Reality check

While a school brags about being the best, don't simply trust them. Use internet and perform a sanity check. Check school's Facebook page, read views of parents on alternate channels/websites, post your questions and seek answers for. Once satisfied, shortlist this school for final selection.

5- Curriculum

For initial grades, you may not prefer whether your kid is going to American curriculum, British, American, Indian or Pakistani however for higher grades the curriculum becomes important because many universities as acceptance (or priority) for specific curriculum. Speak to parents, shoot a question on quora and visit school website to check how this curriculum fits in good universities for higher studies.

6- Subjects

Some schools offer Arabic, French or Chinese languages. Science proves that the more languages you apprehend the more intelligent you become. Hence, it is important for your kids to learn a new language.

7- Word of Mouth

Ask people whose kids study in the school you have short listed for your kids. Ask what they like and what they do not like in this school. These parents will definitely give you insightful advise which you may not find on internet.

8- Co Education

This selection criteria is to be considered if you prefer to send your kid to a school where boys and girls have separate classes. Many Arab and South East Asian countries have such schools.

9- Affiliation

Check if the school is affiliate with international educational bodies. Such schools usually have continuous learning and improvement due to on-going enhancements in the field of education.

10- extra curriculum classes

Education and knowledge are not the only thing you send your kids to school for. You want your kids to be physically healthy, mentally strong, socially active and practically creative. Such skills and benefits can only be achieved if schools are offering extra curriculum activities such as swimming, basketball, arts and crafts, memorization, presentation skills and so on. Such classes are offered either after school times or on weekends.

11- Teachers' review

Ask school what is their teacher selection criteria? What nationality are they from? What minimum qualification is required to posses? What certifications do they have? Remember, you can choose the best school but shortage of good teachers is going to impact the quality of education your kids are going to get.

12- School ranking websites

These days many country-specific school ranking websites are available. Some countries have dedicated ministries performing annual school ranking. Check how Dubai is doing this.

13- Parent Teacher Meeting

A good school should offer frequent Parent-Teacher Meetings. This will ensure you as parent are aware of your child's progress at school and what factors need improvement at school or at home.

14- Home work

A good school is supposed to teach most of things at work and do not give high home-work. While fair amount of home work is good, a child is not supposed to be placed under burden of too much work.

15- Games and physical activities period

Preferably your kids school should have physical activities period twice a week. Physical activities are not only good for body but improve the overall personality by instilling tolerance, increasing confidence and enhancing social activities in kids.

16- Religious education

Some people rightly consider religious education as one of the critical criterion. Check if the school you are going to short list offers religious education?

17- School Age

Since when the school started its operation will help you accept or reject the school. For old school it is easy for you to take opinion from existing parents, check their repute on internet or other social networks.


What other aspects would you consider for finalizing the school for your kids? Share your thoughts please.


Article Written by Junaid Tahir