Things To Consider When Choosing A School For Your Child

This article really is in light of the unfortunate incident that claimed the lives of scores of school children yesterday at Ita-Faji, on Lagos Island only yesterday. Read here.

One may argue that poverty  is to blame in that incident, but is there more that all parents can do to improve their children’s lot when it comes to choosing a school?

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Every parent’s wish is to give their kid the best type of education and or opportunities there is in  life, but when it comes to picking their schools, there are more deliberate steps to be taken beyond wishing.

Things to consider depend on where you live, you and your spouses’s collective values, your child’s needs, school-specific considerations, your financial strength among other factors.

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1 Personal Values:

  • Public Or Private Education:

It matters to many parents whether their kids attend a public or private school. In developed countries where systems work, public            school is popular, but when it comes to facilities, and exposure, many Nigerian parents will choose a private school over a public one.          There are definitely good public schools even here in Nigeria despite the general bias towards them.

  • Personal Sentiments

If you had a poor background, it may influence you to want to give your child all the chances you did not get, it is fine to seek a good             school, rest assured that your child will have access to quality learning among other privileges

  • Do You Like  To Send Your Child To A boarding Or Day School?

This is a matter to fully contemplate and discuss as a family; before you decide on sending them to a boarding or day school, or even             homeschooling them, you should factor all indices.

  • Are you interested in a particular teaching philosophy?

Some parents know that their are different teaching philosophies and they know the exact one they want their children to be taught              by. If you are particular about a teaching style, you should consider that in choosing your child’s school.

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2. Practical considerations

Practical considerations include finance, can you afford the type of education you really want for your child, or you have to settle for a cheaper school pending when your finances climb up?

But even if you have to wait till then, you can choose a good school for your child and still get excellent results, you only have to be deliberate and find out all there is for you to know. Not all expensive schools are good schools, and not all affordable schools are substandard, the evidences are all over the place.

  • Location:

Like when you are siting your business too, location is very vital when deciding your child’s school. Would it be practical for your child          to be in a boarding house where you might have to travel to and from often, would they manage on their own if you are unable to go           drop or pick them?

Also, if you decide on a day school, how far is a safe distance from home, so they are less exposed to road hazards, and what do you             make of them taking public transport as a option?

  • Do you need after-school care for your child?:

Are there arrangements in place to keep your child safe and comfortable after school before you return from work, is the creche close           to the school, among other considerations?

  • Is it Best That All Your Kids Attend Same School?

If you have other children, is it important that they all go to the same school? Perhaps they can watch out for each other?

  • Where Do Your Child’s Friends School?

Your child’s needs are equally important. Is there a good school popular with other kids and their parents, would attending a totally             different school from his friends and acquaintances cause your child to be withdrawn at school and perform poorly?

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3. School Specific Factors

  • Is the school small or large? What size is likely to suit your child best?
  • What facilities does the school have to support your child’s learning – playgrounds, library, music programs, clubs and sporting teams?
  • Has the school improved its academic results over the past few years? What about its performance in other areas like the arts, sport or community engagement?
  • How well does the school support children with additional needs, if your child has a disability, developmental delay, autism spectrum disorder or other need?
  • And more recently, relating to the Ita-faji school collapse, what is the physical state of the school structures?

4. School communication and connections

  • What opportunities are there for parent and family involvement with the school, and how is communication between home and the school managed?
  • How is the school connected with the local community?

The decision on what type of school is pretty simple for some parents, but for many other parents, it is one that must be thought through.

However, it is safe to say that all parents want the best for their children and will employ every reasonable tool in their power to give their child what is best relative to their own resources.

Even if you are sending your child to a relatively average school, still carry out your checks and take informed decisions.

Heartfelt condolences to families who lost their children in the school mishap that happened yesterday in Lagos Island.

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