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Questions to Ask Schools

Here are some ideas to get you started
  • What does your school offer that makes it different from other schools?
  • What type of student succeeds at this school?
  • What opportunities do you offer students outside the classroom? (Are there sports, electives, clubs, after-school and before-school programs, competitions or field trips?)
  • How do parents get involved in the school and in their child’s class?
  • How do parents keep track of their child’s performance between progress reports and report cards?
  • How do you measure student learning?
  • How do you grade homework? What is the consequence if homework is incomplete? What assistance do you offer struggling students?
  • Do you offer advanced classes for students?
  • How does your school support students who have learning challenges or special needs?
  • How do you teach students who have limited English?
  • How do you discipline students? How do you reward students who behave well?
  • How do your students get to school? Is transportation provided?
Take a school tour:

Visiting a school allows you to see if the environment is the right fit for your child. School tours give you the chance to see principals, teachers and students in action; view student work on display; observe how well the campus buildings and grounds are maintained; and, of course, ask important questions to determine if the school is a good match for your child.

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