There’s so much to think about when looking for a school for your children. Security usually comes first and revolves around whether or not you think they’ll be safe in the school that you’ve chosen. You of course need to think about how well students at the school do, distance, other friends going to the school, etc. It can be a lot to digest and if you’re moving to a new area, or even if you’re looking locally. You might be busy with work and life in general. Here are some tips to improve your chances of finding a good school for your children.
Security: A Top Concern
Unfortunately, in this day and age security often comes to mind first when looking at school prospects. If you want to rest easy knowing your children are as safe as can be you need to properly scrutinize the school security systems in place. You might want to ensure there are proper systems and controls to deal with security breaches like an active shooter. Then look at the actual systems they have in place. Consider whether they have a gunshot detection system in place. Are there metal detectors, and are the classrooms sealable/lockable from the inside?
You might also want to look at mass shooting statistics for the area. This doesn't inform whether there will be a future incident at the school, however it does give you a flavor for what the surrounding area is like.
Check general perimeter security too. Gunshot detection systems are good but if a potential shooter, or anyone wishing to do harm, can’t get into the school in the first place then any harm doable to your children is severely mitigated.
If you can be sure there are proper detection systems in place at the school which can mitigate any security issues, you’ll be a lot more restful knowing your kids are safe during the day.
Check A Wide Range Of Grade Success
Don’t just check how students do for math, english and science. Instead, check everything. Your child may not take nicely to one of those subjects. Instead, they may be a keen sports player, thus giving them a route to college. They may instead prefer a hands-on subject. Check the school caters to all intelligence types by viewing outcomes of different subjects, not just the main ones.
This can be hard because a student will change as they grow, year on year. So they may be interested in something completely different by the time they leave. However, if they do switch between favorite subjects you can rest easy knowing that they’re all treated equally. A good way to check this is in the schools funding charts. What goes where? Do they get food funding, and if so, where do they like to allocate it.
Will They Know People?
Sometimes, like if you’re moving, you won’t have a choice about this and they’ll have to settle into a school without previously knowing anyone. However, if they’re going up to high school its smart to speak to other parents to ascertain whether they’ll be going up with their friends. It’ll make the whole thing a lot easier on them as there will be familiar faces in the new school. It’ll give you peace of mind knowing they won’t have to make a bunch of new friends right off the bat. If they’re all going to the same school, and that school also has great security in place, you’ll be winning on two fronts.
How Will They Get There
How will your children get to school? Usually there will be a school bus but sometimes it makes sense to ride a bike. If they’re riding an electric bike, or an expensive bike, you need to make sure there are secure locations in the school for them to store them. You also need to make sure the electric bike purchased is safe for kids in the first place.
If they are riding an electric bike to school just make sure there’s a safe route to do so. Usually, the school bus is safer but thousands of kids still ride bikes to school, especially in more rural settings.
It might be that you’re driving them to and from school. Again, make sure the distance is workable when you take your commuting distance into account. THere’s no point committing to driving them to and from school if it’s going to ruin your day and stress you out about being late to work. Towards the end, they may eschew their electric bike for driving in themselves, in which case you need to make sure there is adequate and safe parking for children.