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    Default Looking at primary schools... help!

    we are in the process of finding a school for next year for our 5yo.

    What should we ask?
    What should we keep an eye on?

    So far my list covers:

    Class size for year levels
    Curriculum (how is it delivered)
    Bullying
    What skills does the teacher expect
    "Feel" of the school and teachers. Is it friendly/relaxed?
    If the students look happy/engaged/where they should be
    Extra curricular activities
    Fees
    Transition program from kinder

    Is there anything I've missed?

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    What do they do for kids who need extra support.

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    Default Looking at primary schools... help!

    Yep all of those plus I also looked for:

    If they had teachers aides
    Teacher communication - a friend of ours who sent her DS to the local catholic school still hasn't had a parent /teacher interview yet and her son is struggling with school
    What languages are available
    The high school attached to the school
    Extra curricular - especially music and a variety of sports

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    Not sure what state you are in or if you are looking at public or private but its good to 'compare' schools on the better education website to get an idea of overall performance. Its a guide only. Also, if the school is not your zoned school, enquire best way to apply out of area. Does it have onsite oosh ( if you need it). Closeness to home ( for the drop offs and pick ups).


 

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