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HOW TO CHOOSE A SCHOOL FOR YOUR YOUNG CHILD
by Joan Bramsch
- 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.
- Talk with the headmistress/master and the teachers who'll be working
with your child. Look for a caring attitude -- not phoney, but sincere.
- 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.
- Ask to see the school's license, insurance contract, and health and fire
- 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
- Find out exactly what the school offers in education. A good program
teaches social, intellectual, emotional and perceptual/motor skills.
- How is discipline handled? Use of the Time-Out chair is good.
- Would you be happy is this school environment?
- Insist that only you or an approved person will be permitted to take
your child from school property.
- 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