School Admissions are something that don't decide the course of just the child's life. They significantly impact the parents' lives as well. After all, both are embarking on a 14 year long journey. Research indicates that a good school choice has a significant impact on a child’s learning outcomes into their adult lives. Over 10 Lac parents seek admission for Nursery across Delhi NCR every year. They also go through a similar journey fraught with unanswered questions, anxiety, and frustration which is reasonable due to lack of proper guidance in the public discourse. Parents even seek advice from their families, friends, acquaintances and relatives and even check the prospectus of various schools but are always left with a niggling fear that their efforts may not be enough. This fear, however is reasonable as school is essentially an important part of a child’s life to develop the overall personality and independent thinking. The learning of different subjects at school helps to gain knowledge and acquaints the child with different cultures and traditions. Typically, infrastructure , ranking , academic record and location form the essential criteria for deciding which school is suitable for your child . However , this is not enough.
Here are seven questions that you must ask, to understand if your child’s school is the right fit for you and him or her-:
1. Does the school’s Learning Environment/ Ecosystem complement your vision of the way your child should learn?
The environment that the school provides is imperative for your child's learning process. Here are a few questions that you should ask when considering the learning environment:
2. Is the school transparent about and able to explain its teaching and learning practices?
Project-based learning, experiential learning, holistic development, digital learning, smart classes are a few of the phrases that most schools will throw at you. However, the fundamental question is if the school truly practices what it preaches. Ask the school authorities and representatives about their teaching and learning practices;
3. Are the teachers sufficiently trained to take care of your child?
This is something that most schools don’t talk about or publish on their website. Ask school representatives about the professional development of their teachers. They should be able to tell you the mandatory hours of professional development their teachers go through as teachers are the ones who translate the vision and philosophy of the school into the reality on-ground.
4. Do the school’s culture and values resonate with yours?
5. How does the school use its infrastructure, however fabulous it may be to enhance your child’s learning?
The physical environment is the Third Teacher and it is true. Most parents tend to look at infrastructure in terms of the types of facilities provided such as playfields, swimming pools, classrooms, music rooms, art studios, etc. However, when evaluating the infrastructure there are certain facilities that the school must be able to provide:
Selecting the best school is not easy and can be an emotionally stressful experience for your child, hence remember that at the end of the day, you are the parent and you know your child best. Choose a school where your child will be happy, free, and grow up with the skills and capabilities needed for the future.
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