What To Look For In Schools

Moving to a new neighborhood presents different challenges. If you’re unfamiliar with the area, you might question whether the community is a safe place to rear children. In addition, you might seek a new school for your young ones. With so many selections, choosing a school for your child can prove challenging. However, there are plenty of guidelines and resources to help you make the best decision.


Never choose a school blindly. If possible, always seek recommendations from other parents, co-workers or family members. Some schools are excellent and they feature teachers and administrators who will provide your child with the instruction and care that he deserves. Quite the contrary, some schools have a bad reputation. The teachers and administrations may have a reputation of being harsh and cold. Furthermore, others may question the strength of the school’s curriculum.

Rules and Procedures

You want a school that offers clear defined rules and procedures. For example, does the school have a policy regarding bullying? How does the school handle discipline? What other ways can the school ensure your child’s safety? Don’t be afraid to make an appointment with an administrator in order to receive answers to your questions. Some schools have a lenient discipline policy, wherein children are permitted to verbally express themselves without consequence. While this policy may work for other families, it might not work for yours.


Public schools within a city usually adhere to one curriculum. However, if you’re looking at private schools for your child, it is important to select a school that mirrors your beliefs and philosophies. What are the core teachings? Does the school incorporate religion into the curriculum? Inquire about the school’s various programs and ask to see a copy of the curriculum.

Whether you select a public or private school for your child, it’s also important to select a school that offers a variety of activities to enrich your child’s development. Learning is more than reading and taking tests. The school should offer activities to help instill life-long lessons. These might include group activities that teach your child how to work with others, as well as individual activities that encourage independent thinking.

Your Own Observations

With younger children, it doesn’t hurt to pop in from time-to-time to observe your child in the classroom. Keep the lines of communication open with your child’s teacher. Is your child thriving in his new environment or does he seem intimated and overwhelmed? The school’s curriculum may be too advance for your child or fail to challenge him. In either case, the chosen school may not be a good match for your child and you may have to consider alternate choices.

Special Considerations

Some parents select a school for their child after deciding on a neighborhood or community. However, if your child’s education is a primary concern, look for schools before beginning your home search. You can check out schools in the local area or neighboring cities, narrow down your choices and then contact a realtor to look at homes within the school’s district. 

Choosing a school can definitely play a huge role in where you decide to live. JT writes about lifestyle and living for the Renter’s Insurance blog to help people make the best decision possible.