New school sessions in Nigeria usually start in September. So, if your kids are moving to a new school, you may want to seriously start your search now. If they, however, are moving to nursery school, the time to prepare them for what school is like, is also now.
Seven Steps to Consider When Shopping for a New School
If you’re not sure how to go about your search, the following steps can be taken in making your decision:
- Know what you want in a school. It’s important that your expectations for the kind of environment you want your child to learn in are solid. This could be in terms of friendliness of staff, neatness of school, values being taught (apart from academic work), etc. You know what is important to you and what you would like to see in your child; so, set your expectations and write them down on your ‘school shopping list’.
- Visit the school. There’s nothing like a first-hand experience when you’re trying to determine the place where your child will spend most of his days. This is not a duty to be delegated to the opinion of some friend, or nanny, or driver. A visit can reveal so much about a school. Have you ever visited a beautiful place that just didn’t feel right to you? You can’t explain it, but you aren’t just comfortable with the place. That’s the power of your personal observation. Also, be sure to visit when the school is in session, where you have the opportunity to see the interaction of the kids with one another, and with the school staff.
- Meet with the head of the school. This meeting should reveal to you the ideas and approach of the management to educating your child. You are able to ask questions about their core values, discipline methods, and whatever you need clarification on. Sometimes, no matter how friendly other staff may be, as long as the person in charge of the school doesn’t rub off well, you won’t ever be comfortable in that school.
- Make enquiries about the school. Sometimes, the experience of another parent, and how their child is faring in the school, will guide you as to how you can expect your child to fare.
- Consider proximity to your home or placeof work. This is simply a personal matter, depending on what works for you. You may also want to consider how heavy traffic is on that route. For instance, I have a school that’s about five minutes away from my home; it, however, will take me about 45 minutes to get there in the mornings. You may want to factor all that in as you decide.
- Consider the size of the school. Some people prefer their kids in a big school, where there’s a lot of structure. Some, on the other hand, prefer a smaller school, with a more personal touch, where everyone knows one another. There are many arguments for and against size; it all depends on your personality, and what you think is best for your child.
- Don’t just look at how expensive the school is. As long as you’re sure that your child will thrive and blossom in that environment, and that his creativity and personality will not be stifled, go for it. Ensure that you’re comfortable with what you find in the school during your visit.
Remember that you can always change your mind later. If you find that you are not as comfortable as you expect to be in a certain school, especially about some major issues that are important to you, you can move your child to another place – as long as you don’t make it a habit. That is why you should take time to research well before you make that final choice for your child.
Ultimately, the decision is yours.
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