During National School Choice Week, tens of millions of Americans will celebrate the promise and benefits of educational opportunity.
For many parents, the Week will start a season of choosing – of visiting schools, researching options, attending school fairs, and trying to find the ideal learning environment for their children.
I’m often asked what types of schools parents should choose for their children – or how best to know a “good school” from a “bad school.”
The truth is that choosing a school for your child is an incredibly personal process, one that doesn’t lend itself to easy talking points.
A good school is a school that’s right for your child. It doesn’t matter whether you select a traditional public school, a magnet school, a charter school, a private or faith-based school, an online academy – or if you choose to homeschool your children. My best advice is to make a decision that is right for your child and your family.
When it comes to the selection process and where to begin choosing schools, here are five pointers to help guide your school search process:
It may seem daunting, but choosing a school for your child can be an exciting and liberating experience.
Don’t worry if the process seems difficult or challenging. Education is important. You should spend as much time (or more) looking for a school as you would shopping for a new car!
After all, you can trade in a car after a few years if it doesn’t meet your needs. It’s much harder to replace several years of lost learning.
Remember: you know your child best, and you are truly in the best position – better than anyone else – to decide what type of school your child should attend. I wish you all the best!
Learn more about National School Choice Week’s President, Andrew Campanella, in President’s Corner.