Evaluating Public Schools
As soon as you decide to move
- Changing Schools?
- Research the schools. The difference between a top rated school and a school that lags behind its peers could be as simple as living on one side of the school boundary. Also, if your child has special needs or unique goals (i.e. they had been in a foreign language immersion program), you will need to find out what is available where you are moving to.
- Start early. Even public schools may have waiting lists if they are charter or target schools.
- Found out if there are any extra-curricular activities that require early enrollment or may involve practice over the summer before the school year starts.
- Enroll your children in their new schools. Make sure you've filled out all the required paperwork and have all the necessary doctors' forms, immunization records, etc. so that the kids can start on Day One.
- Get a copy of your children's current coursework so that the new school can get a better idea of where to place the
Usually when considering private versus public school, parents will have one or more factors that concern them.
When looking at public or private schools, the following factors come into play:
- Academic reputation and college preparation
- School size and Class size
- Safety reputation
- Special programs
- Religious and Moral instruction