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HOW TO CHOOSE A SCHOOL FOR YOUR YOUNG CHILD

by Joan Bramsch

  1. Don't let a school sell itself over the phone. Make a personal visit to each one in which you are interested. Good school will insist you judge their facilities yourself.

  2. Talk with the headmistress/master and the teachers who'll be working with your child. Look for a caring attitude -- not phoney, but sincere.

  3. Give no advanced notice when you visit the school. DO NOT make an appointment. If you are not permitted to drop in unannounced -- run, don't walk, away. This will indicate the school has a "company's coming" face and, perhaps, a less pleasing everyday operation.

  4. Ask to see the school's license, insurance contract, and health and fire inspection certificates.

  5. Check the school's facilities -- are they clean? Orderly? One of the good habits children are supposed to be learning is to clean up after one is finished with a project, game or puzzle before taking beginning another activity.

  6. Find out exactly what the school offers in education. A good program teaches social, intellectual, emotional and perceptual/motor skills.

  7. How is discipline handled? Use of the Time-Out chair is good.

  8. Would you be happy is this school environment?

  9. Insist that only you or an approved person will be permitted to take your child from school property.

  10. It's not a bad idea, all other things being equal, to choose a school located on the "morning side" of the street (the side on which you live, so your child doesn't have to cross the road). It may save an accident in the future.




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