School visits are a great way to determine whether an educational institution is right for your child. Before your school visit, it is worth jotting down a few questions to ask. Below is a list of questions you can ask and look out for when touring a school for your child.
- What accreditation does the school have?
- What is the average class size? What is the usual child-to-staff ratio?
- What is the homework policy?
- Is technology integrated in the curriculum?
- What is the school’s approach to student discipline and safety?
- What extracurricular activities are available to students?
- Are there after school clubs?
- Does the school have a program for gifted students?
- Does the school have buses or free transportation for students?
- Does the school have an anti-bullying policy?
- What kind of students are you looking for?
Other questions to ask:
- What are your teachers’ qualifications? Are there professional development opportunities available for them?
- What is the staff turnover every year?
- Do you provide academic advice to students?
- How does the school communicate with parents?
- What support do you offer for working families or less able children?
When you have finished your visit, ask yourself whether the children and staff looked happy. By then, you will hopefully have enough opportunity to make up your mind whether this is the right school for your child.