Choosing a private school for your child is a crucial decision. Your child’s education has an important impact on their learning and future.
To find the right private school for your family, you’ll want to consider whether or not its curriculum and core values align with your wants and needs.
Consider What You’re Looking for & Ask the Important Questions
When searching for the right school for your child, there are many factors to consider. You should first decide which qualities and values are most important to you and your family. Once you know these, you are ready to learn about the school and how it aligns with your family’s wants and needs.
One place to look to learn about a school is the school’s website. Often, schools share information that helps potential families determine if the school appears to be a good fit. However, websites alone cannot fully communicate the value a private school is offering. This is where having a prepared list of questions will help.
Ideally, the best time to ask your questions is face to face during a tour or admissions visit to the school. At the end of that visit, you should leave knowing if you and your family will be a good fit at the school. You will want to ensure that your child feels happy and confident about the school’s atmosphere. You also want to verify that you believe in the school’s teaching style, values, and other attributes.
To help you get started, we have compiled a list of the seven most important questions to ask a private school before you and your family enroll. You can never be too prepared when it comes to your child’s education. These questions will help guide you to the best school for your child.
#1 What Is the Philosophy/Mission of the Private School?
The philosophy and mission statement of the private school you choose should align with your beliefs. After all, your child spends most of their time at school throughout the week. So, their school should teach them similar values to those you implement at home.
Many private schools are associated with a particular religion or church. In that situation, ask how the school incorporates religion into its teaching plans and other programs. Even if you are not a member of the religious order the school operates from, sending your child to a private school still gives them many benefits. These advantages include a more prestigious education and a heavy focus on morals and character development.
#2 What Curricula Do You Provide and What Makes It Unique?
Mindful child development sets your child up for a lifetime of success. Therefore, you should examine how the school approaches education. Once you learn about the school’s teaching style, you will better understand if the institution is the right fit for your child.
Some questions you might ask are, do they focus mainly on group work or independent projects? Do they emphasize one-on-one teaching? Are they hands-on in their teaching style?
If you are unsure of the school’s teaching philosophy, ask why they think their approach is exceptional. You can also ask them how previous students have excelled at their school.
#3 How Do You Support Individual Strengths and Weaknesses?
Learning is uneven, and children develop at different rates. Understanding how a school supports different academic levels can be a deciding factor when contemplating private school. This applies to students who demonstrate high levels of achievement, as well as students in need of support and recovery.
#4 What Does a Typical School Day Look Like?
Having an idea of the school day can help you decide if the school is right for your child. Be sure to ask for logistical as well as informative details.
For example, you can inquire about the daily classes or whether they teach certain subjects every day. You can also ask how many breaks the students have throughout the day.
Examples of logistical questions to ask are:
- Does the school provide transportation options?
- Does the school provide breakfast and lunch options?
- What time does the school day begin?
- What time does the school day end?
- Does the school provide before and/or after school care?
#5 What Is Your Student-to-Teacher Ratio?
Knowing the school’s student-to-teacher ratio will help you understand the size of each classroom. Like many parents, perhaps you are looking for a smaller classroom for your child. Private schools typically cap the number of students in each class to a fairly small number.
Smaller class size allows for better focus, enhances student-teacher interactions, and is conducive to more meaningful class discussions. Furthermore, a smaller classroom size can help increase your child’s academic performance and enhance their curiosity.
#6 How Does Your Private School Maintain Safety & Security?
Ensuring the safety and security of your children is paramount. Safety is especially critical when they are out of your care. Naturally, trusting a school with this responsibility is a significant factor when considering which private school is best for your child.
Knowing the school has a comprehensive safety plan in place can ease any anxieties you may have. For example, you may want to ask about the school’s policies regarding COVID precautions, such as mask mandates, adequate ventilation, and cleaning regimes.
Furthermore, you may wish to inquire about the school’s protocols for responding to outside threats such as severe weather.
#7 Do You Offer Additional Enrichment Programs?
Enrichment programs help children develop lifelong skills outside of the classroom. For children with interests and curiosities beyond the classroom, enrichment programs can deepen your child’s educational experience.
HTES: Choose the Private School Education That’s Best for Your Child
Holy Trinity Episcopal School provides the best private education and community in the Lake Houston Area of Houston, TX. We are a top-rated private school for children from early childhood to upper elementary.
Contact us today at 281-459-4323 to schedule a tour. We are happy to answer any questions you have about our admissions process.