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Selecting the right school

Choosing the right school for your child can be a difficult decision. These tips and questions may help you in your decision-making process.

Know what kind of school you want

  • Is it important the school is single sex or coeducational?
  • Is the size of the school important?
  • Do you want a primary school, a secondary school, or a combined school?
  • What are the school values? Is it important the school has a religious affiliation or educational philosophy?
  • Is it important the school is close to where you live? Is transport available?
  • What fee levels are you prepared to pay?
  • Are there particular school subjects you consider essential?
  • Do you want a school that provides support for students with specific learning, language or cultural needs?

Visit schools

Arrange to visit schools during school hours to see how they operate. Questions to consider during your visit include:

  • Is the school welcoming?
  • Do the students seem happy?
  • Are the grounds well cared for?
  • What facilities are there?
  • How do students relate to staff?
  • Do the staff relate well to each other?

Understand your child’s needs

Consider what type of learning environment best suits your child, including their personality, attributes and needs.

 

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