Parents face a challenging task when selecting the right school for their child, regardless of age. The multitude of options and differences in curricula can make this task even more difficult. In this article, I will share practical tips to help parents choose the right school for their children.
Budget is a crucial factor in choosing any service or product, and educational services, from nursery to university, can be a significant monthly and annual expense for families. Therefore, it is essential to determine the budget you can allocate to your child's school before starting the search. Setting a clear budget will narrow your options to schools within that financial range. Your child will spend about 19 years, from the first day at preschool until college graduation. Therefore, it is essential not to strain the family financially due to schooling costs. Keep in mind that higher fees do not necessarily mean a better school. Choose a school that fits your monthly income without causing financial stress.
Parents should define clear goals they want to achieve from the school, aligned with the family's educational and lifestyle philosophy and suitable for the child's abilities and skills. Schools differ in their educational services, non-curricular activities, and educational systems. Dear mothers, remember that your child will spend most of their day at school, so there must be harmony between the school and home regarding the environment, educational beliefs, and lifestyle. Choosing a school that contradicts your thinking and upbringing might put your child in conflict between home principles, causing stress and confusion.
Proximity to the school is a fundamental factor for your child's comfort and yours. A child spending a long time commuting to and from school can become more tired, affecting concentration, academic performance, and enjoyment of non-curricular activities such as sports and arts. A distant school can also cause stress for parents during drop-offs and pick-ups. Having your child attend a school nearby not only eases your access but also makes it convenient in case of illness or any accidents during school hours.
The nature of the school, its cost, proximity, your comfort, your child's comfort, and the school community—teachers, administrators, and students—are much more critical than the school's curriculum. Do not sacrifice your child's comfort and your own to stick to a particular curriculum that may later prove unsuitable for your child's personality, abilities, and skills. National and international curricula are similar, and their impact on your child's future is limited. All graduates will join universities and sit in the same classrooms, regardless of the school's curriculum. Trust me your child won’t be offered a special seat because he or she graduated from a particular high school curriculum.
The school that appeals to your friends or relatives may not suit you. The right school for your nephew may not be suitable for your daughter. Schools vary with the child's age, abilities, skills, and learning style. Therefore, do not feel stressed because you did not enroll your child in the same school as your cousin. Your child is an individual with unique personality traits and capabilities. Your educational goals and financial capabilities may differ from those of your sister or friend. A school is not like a service provider such as a restaurant or laundry; it is an extension of the home, where you entrust your most precious possessions for intellectual growth, skill development, and preparation for practical life. Choose carefully, without succumbing to school and curriculum trends, and avoid the comparisons that burden parents and children.
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