Ask your­self these 10 ques­tions be­fore de­cid­ing on a school

Expat Living (Singapore) - - Schools -

1. Which cur­ricu­lum will best suit my child’s ed­u­ca­tional needs and our fam­ily’s plans for the fu­ture? There are many cur­ricu­lum op­tions, and the right fit will min­imise the dis­rup­tion of mov­ing to an­other coun­try and a dif­fer­ent school.

2. Is the lo­ca­tion of the cam­pus con­ve­nient to home and pub­lic trans­port?

3. How do class sizes and teacher-tochild ra­tios vary among the schools on my short­list?

4. What lan­guages are taught as sec­ond lan­guages? Is this com­pul­sory, and will the ex­pe­ri­ence ben­e­fit my child?

5. Will the ex­tracur­ric­u­lar activities of­fer a bal­ance to my child’s aca­demic stud­ies and broaden his or her ed­u­ca­tional ex­pe­ri­ence?

6. Are there op­por­tu­ni­ties for parental in­volve­ment at the school? This can be a won­der­ful way to meet new peo­ple and get to know the school.

7. What fa­cil­i­ties are avail­able for out­door and after-school activities?

8. What types of school ex­cur­sions are of­fered? Many chil­dren have the op­por­tu­nity to visit other coun­tries as a part of the school cur­ricu­lum, of­ten with a fo­cus on learn­ing about those coun­tries, com­mu­nity en­gage­ment and vol­un­teer­ing.

9. Do the school’s hol­i­day and term dates vary from those of my other chil­dren’s schools or my home coun­try?

10. How does the school com­mu­ni­cate with par­ents about the child’s learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and gen­eral school news, such as on­line or through news­let­ters and ex­cur­sion per­mis­sion notes?

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