How to Find the Right School for your Children when Moving to a New Town?
We all know that moving to a new town is a complex and difficult task but when it comes to offer the best and new living conditions for your children, including their schooling represents a real challenge for us, the parents. We have recently moved to Macomb, a big city in Illinois, U.S. and we found it exciting and interesting at the same time to start with new living condition in an unknown area like this city has been initially for us. We needed to find the right school for our children in this new location.
Because we have successfully found the right school for the kids, we want to share the way we preceded and you will hopefully find the following tips useful. I had my first conversation with our real estate agent who came up with the best schooling guide for the kids. I liked that he provided us information about local schools and neighbors and schooling options we can choose from. Of course, like everywhere else, there`s a chance to choose between public and private schools. I liked flexibility in terms of location, offered by private schools.
When we had the best schooling options provided by our real estate agent, we thought that it would be great to do further online research. I liked that I had all data needed to know about all school districts, in order to make the best possible choice for our kids. We could check school ratings, reviews, program, teaching quality and principal leadership. It was a great thing to have all of these aspects in mind because we had the chance to really look at which were the best schools.
Once we had all of the necessary information and schools considered, we move to the last step: visiting the schools, meeting the teachers, the principal leadership and the administration staff. I also highly recommend asking all of the questions you might have. Consider the following aspects as well:
- available opportunities for students;
- used technology for teaching and learning support;
- the availability of an active parent organization (if valid);
- the availability of free school buses (if valid);
- the way of monitoring students with their performance;
- the school`s disciplinary settlements.
It`s also crucial to discuss entrance requirements. You need to make sure that your kids fulfill all of the conditions and requirements to enter their new school. I have chosen a private school that my kids love and the school initially required them to pass through some tests because they needed to meet certain criteria, in order to become the students of our chosen particular school.
I also highly recommend planning ahead and doing all these settlements before you move to the new town. I liked a lot that everyone was besides us and guided us through the necessary steps. I`m very happy about my family`s new living conditions in Macomb and I am especially satisfied with the school I have chosen for my kids – they just love it!