Choosing a school for your child
Decisions about where your child goes to school depend on where you live, your personal values, your child's needs, school-specific factors and more.
When you're choosing a primary school, you can also look at things like before-school and after-school care.
About choosing a school for your child
Decisions about where your child goes to school are very personal and can be difficult. It's common and normal for parents to feel anxious about getting this decision right.
For some parents, the decision is simple. Their children go to the local public school – the school in the same government zone as their house. Other parents might want to look further afield at other government schools (‘out of area' schools) or private schools. And others consider home-schooling.
Things to consider when choosing a school for your child
If you're looking beyond the local public school, think about what will work best for your child's personality, strengths, needs and interests. You might also consider how different schools' cultures and values fit with your family values and family life.
Here are some other things you could think about.
Personal values and preferences
- Do you prefer public or private education? Are the facilities or subject choices a consideration?
- Do you want your child to attend the same school that you attended or have a different experience?
- Do you want your child to have a religious education?
- Do you need to send your child to boarding school, or are you interested in distance education or educating your child at home?
- Are you interested in a particular teaching philosophy – for example, Steiner or Montessori?
- How do things like the location of the school, cost or difficulty of travelling to and from the school, and public transport options affect you?
- If you have other children, is it important that all your children go to the same school?
- Where are your child's friends going to school?
- Where do most of the children from your child's preschool go to school?
- Do you need before-school and after-school care for your child?
- 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?
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?
Choosing a primary school
The following questions might be useful if you're thinking about primary schools:
- Will you and your child feel welcome at the school?
- Does the school offer a ‘transition into school' program?
- What are your options for before-school and after-school care and vacation care?
- What approach does the school take to behaviour management?
- What do other parents you know think about the different schools in your area? What are their experiences?
- Does your child's preschool teacher have an opinion on which school might be the best fit for your child?
Contact Jacaranda College today to enroll your child!