Deciding what school to send your child to can be such a stressful process. All 4 of my kids have moved schools more often than I would have liked and each time has caused both David and I huge amounts of anxiety. Education is so important and while it is possible to learn to read at any age, not having a solid foundation can really make life harder.
These are my tips when looking for a new school:
- Is it clean? I don’t mean can you eat your breakfast off the classroom floors but are the playgrounds litter free? And the corridors clean?
- Visit the school without an appointment, even if you just pop in to the reception. You will be able to get an idea of the atmosphere of the school without it being “prepped for”.
- How organised are they? This makes a difference. Do the people you are speaking to know what the registration process is? Do they know what time break is or how many kids are in a class?
- Be aware of all the classrooms, not just your child’s grade. Are they decorated? How are the children reacting to the teachers? Are the classrooms neat?
- Chat to the teachers in your child’s grade. You don’t need to interrogate them but rather just get a feel for how they teach and will respond to your child.
- If your child is starting grade 1, find out what their process is should your child struggle with certain areas.
In many ways we are lucky now that we have so much choice available to us in the form of schooling for our children. The newest kids on the block are Future Nation Schools, a new private pre-primary and high school in Fleurhof and Lyndhurst.
Their vision is to build a network of affordable private schools across South Africa, and the rest of Africa, that offers excellent education which is characterised by: student-centered learning, high academic standards, problem-solving skills, a focus on applied research and development (including project-based teaching and learning), innovation, leadership, entrepreneurship and African studies.
One of the lessons I have learnt with my children is that getting them into a school that goes from Grade R right up to matric is first prize. The search for a high school for Cameron was as stressful as the search for a pre-primary school. The Future Nation schools offer this, which makes them appeal to me.
I love that one of their values is fun. Education shouldn’t be seen as a punishment for children, it should be fun and encourage them to want to learn.
I did check their fees out and in terms of other private schools they are one of the more affordable ones when it comes to private schooling.
What is important to you when looking for a new school?
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