I am currently trying to choose a school for my oldest child. I have three in mind, they are all public schools but very different. I have a favourite but I am on a waiting list there, so trying to decide which of the other two should be the back up.
What were your key criteria?
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02-05-2012 13:36 #1Senior Member
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What criteria did you use to choose your child's school?
02-05-2012 13:46 #2
depends what's important to you sports, academic, music, performing arts et
do they have a tuckshop?
do they have after school care if needed ?
policies of behavior and bullying
do they do school camps, performance evenings
do they encourage parent Helpers
how do they help students who are struggling or gifted ?
do the kids look happy at the school ?
have a tour of each school and youl get a feel !
02-05-2012 19:19 #3
I chose the school that I can walk her to. It's only 5 minutes up the road. It's also the primary school I went too theres other things i like about the school too.
02-05-2012 19:44 #4
Subscribing. I just came in here to start the same thread!!
I'm choosing between 2 - one public, the other catholic - and am really struggling to see the differences other than the religious/fee aspect...I'm keen to see what others say...
02-05-2012 19:54 #5-
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male v female teachers ratio
accelerated learning classes
forms of communication
I chose DS's school because of the way they teach. Its very different to other schools.
02-05-2012 19:58 #6
-Reputation for racial tolerance (my kids are brown and we've had many issues with their cousins being racially targeted)
No religion was a biggy for me, we're active church goers, but I'm not comfortable with a different denomination confusing the foundations and don't feel comfortable with someone with differing beliefs teaching my children something I consider to be very important. Our church doesn't have schools in countries with adequate education systems.
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02-05-2012 20:07 #7
I would not choose a religious school.
But that doesn't apply to you, as you have chosen 3 public schools.
I will be doing a tour of 2 local public schools to get a feel of each school. I recommend reading the annual school report, school plan, finding out the school's rules and policies, find out about curriculum and what activities the school offer.
TBH, both schools I am looking at are pretty much the same, but one is on my way to work, the other is a bit out of the way to my work, but where we are zoned to, and has before and after school care.
02-05-2012 20:43 #8
I chose my school mainly for convience when i would start working again. I factored in direction, walking distance and public transport.
There was one school i preferred but in the end it just wasnt suitable for us with transport as i dont drive and if i had to send him to ASC/BSC, it just wasnt suitable for us.
Overall i am happy with the school though.
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02-05-2012 20:58 #9
When i was picking a shcool for DS and it got to the point where i had to make a final decision i picked the school with the nicest looking uniform..lol.
It woked out well though. It was the best school in the area we ended up moving to and even if it had not been i knew he would have been there for 2 years max.
03-05-2012 06:42 #10Senior Member
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One that I always think of is 'school spirit'.
I want my kids to go to a happy school, to have fun and feel safe there. I don't want them to feel like school is a chore.
I loved my school and I'd love to find a school that my kids enjoyed too.
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