If you have children, then nothing is more important to you than their well being. For most parents, concern for their children’s well being extends beyond the everyday necessities to worries about their future. No other factor affects a child’s future success more than a quality education.
With that in mind, you may rightly wonder what to look for in a new school for your kids for the best quality education.
Here are some tips!
A good curriculum first and foremost means a full catalog of courses to ensure that your child is prepared for whatever major they will pursue in college. While publically funded schools are often forced to narrow their offerings, private prep schools ensure that your child will meet their full potential with advanced courses. A true college preparatory curriculum all but insures your child’s acceptance to a 4-year college, as evidenced by the 100% college acceptance rate of students at schools like the International School of MN.
The best schools not only focus on well-rounded curriculums, they also offer well-rounded extracurricular options. Studies have repeatedly shown that students involved in extracurricular activities perform better at every level of their education and ultimately go on to achieve and earn more. The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) offers a wealth of information to support the importance of extracurricular activities. Read their essay on Extracurricular Participation and Student Engagement for a summary of how extracurricular activities can dramatically affect everything from attendance to GPA.
While beleaguered public schools often have to ask their teachers to cover courses outside of their specialties, private schools select their staff carefully to ensure the highest level of learning in important fields like English, math and the sciences. This also means that foreign language classes are being taught by native speakers.
While money issues are often an uncomfortable topic, privately funded college-prep schools consistently rank the highest when it comes to providing a quality education. Even the best public schools are hindered by budget and policy decisions being made by politicians with no experience in the education field. Here the Council for American Private Education (CAPE) succinctly summarizes the many reasons why a private education is the best education for your kids.
As a parent, you want only the best for your child. That means choosing a school that promises a quality education. No other decision that you make will be as influential on their future.
Guest Post: Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from West Jordan, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing and spending time with her dog, Max.
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