Moving into a new house is a big adjustment for everyone in the family. It means having new neighbors, possibly shopping in new stores and going to new places for recreational purposes. Plus, when it comes to your children, it also usually entails finding them a new school.
Although the thought of so much transitioning can initially feel a bit overwhelming, we wanted to provide you with a few tips on how you can choose the best possible school for your kids. That way, in the midst of all of the changes that are taking place, you can make this one choice that you can feel good about when it comes to your children’s academic future.
Do a bit of brainstorming. Before you start looking at schools within the area, first take out a moment to think about what the ideal school for your child would be. Do you want them to go to a public or private school? Do you want it to be small or large? What kind of subjects and extracurricular activities would you like to be available to them? How far of a commute are you willing to make? Once you have an idea of what you’d like, it can help you to take the next step.
Do some online research. Thanks to the internet, you can find out all kinds of information about the different schools within your area. All you need to do is go to your favorite search engine and put “elementary schools”, “middle schools” or “high schools” along with the city and state of where you’re living. Once you see the options listed, you can either go directly to the school’s website or check them out on their own Facebook or Twitter pages.
Do a bit of asking around. If you moved to a new home but you’re in the same city, you probably have a good idea of the kinds of schools that are around town. But, if you recently moved to another city, ask your real estate agent along with some of your new neighbors and co-workers about the schools that their children attend. When it comes to getting information on educational opportunities, going on referral usually proves to be extremely helpful.
Do a tour of a couple of schools. When you were first in the market for a new house, you might have gone to a website to get mortgage information. And as we just discussed, when you’re first looking into possible schools for your children to attend, it’s a good idea to visit the schools’ websites. But when it’s time to actually make a formal decision, it’s best to contact the schools’ administrative offices and request a tour. Most schools are more than willing to make these kinds of accommodations with just a few days’ notice.
Do take your child along with you. As much as you might like a particular school, it’s not going to matter much if your children don’t feel the same way. So, after doing a tour and speaking with the school’s principal, then ask for permission to bring your children along for a second visit. If they seem comfortable and open to trying it out, then that’s a good sign that you’ve made the right choice—for them as well as for you.