As a parent, it is your responsibility to provide for your children and part of that includes choosing the best school to help your child achieve their fullest potential. If you are thinking that all schools are pretty much the same, this is a myth; each school has its own vision and mission statement and while the government has to approve their curriculum, it can be delivered however the school chooses.
Here are a few tips to ensure that you choose the most suitable school for your son or daughter.
A K-12 school accepts students from 3-18 years, which means they do not have to change schools at the end of the primary years and we all know how traumatic it can be to start at a new school full of strangers.
Enroll your child in a school that caters for all grades and they will develop positive relationships with teachers and students. There are, for example, private schools in Bangkok that are K-12 institutions and they teach the UK National Curriculum and recruit their teachers from England.
Create a Shortlist
Start with a Google search, which will bring up a list of all the schools in your area, then, after come web browsing, you can create a shortlist of schools to visit. It is never a good idea to just turn up at a school, rather you can book a tour of the school on their website and remember to prepare a list of questions to ask the school principal.
When at the school, ask if you can sit in on one of the activities, which will give you a chance to see how the young children respond. Young learners should always be happy, as the lessons should be fun-based and being at the school gives you an opportunity to speak to teachers and parents.
Educators around the world are all in agreement that active learning, or learning by doing is the optimum way for children to learn. When looking at schools, check the vision and mission statements, as these will tell you the school’s ideals and values.
If the students are actively engaged in the learning process, the learning outcome is improved and the top early learning programs are active learning by nature. Click here for further reading on why international school education is the best.
English is the global language and if you are not a native English speaker, you should send your child to an international school, where every subject is taught in English.
The international school uses the British National Curriculum, which is regarded as the best in the world and with such an education, your child will be able to enter the university of their choosing.
One should always limit the amount of travelling time a young child has when going to school; the maximum should be no more than 30 minutes, which is long enough for a child to be in a vehicle.
If you spend the time visiting schools, this will help you to make an informed decision about which one to send your child to.