SELECTING A SCHOOL
Factors to Consider When Selecting a School
The objective in school selection is to find the best possible match between the needs of the student and the education provided by the school. Each student has a unique set of social needs, interests and learning abilities, and each school offers a unique combination of curriculum, teaching philosophy, size, tuition, and student body composition. Because of the number of factors to be considered, and the difficulty in measuring these factors, the selection process is both personal and demanding.
Bennett has developed a checklist that many parents find helpful in evaluating schools. The following are examples of the types of questions that should be asked of any potential new school. Please contact us for the full checklist.
Do students feel a sense of loyalty and enthusiasm about their school?
Is the student body homogeneous or diverse in terms of social, ethnic, religious, or national status?
Do parents play an active role in school affairs?
Administration and Faculty
What is the background of the Head of the School?
Who are the teachers and what are their credentials?
In grades PreK through 12, what percentage of teachers have advanced degrees?
Philosophy of Education
What is the school’s Mission Statement?
Is there an identifiable philosophy of education?
What are the education goals of the school and how well does the school community reach those goals?
Quality and Assurance and Performance
How is the school accredited?
How frequently is the school inspected and by what agencies, to insure that proper academic standards are maintained?
Does the school undergo periodic peer review?
What is the enrollment of the school?
Is the school in a convenient location?
Does the school provide transportation and food service?
Tuition, Fees, and Other Costs
What is the school’s tuition?
Is financial assistance available?
Are tuition insurance plans available?
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