Finding the right private school for your child is a process, says Maggie Melson, associate head for advancement at Indian Creek School in Crownsville. A school should fit a family’s values, morals and ideas about education.
“First, the parents should have a clear understanding of that before they start the search for schools,” Melson says.
Within an hour of visiting St. Anne’s School of Annapolis, Austin McNair, who was 4 at the time, knew without a doubt he wanted to go to school there.
“He said, ‘This is where I want to go to school. Please, Mom, please,’” says Austin’s mom, Tia McNair of Severn. “The choice was clear and done.”
Though Austin’s decision was immediate, his parents had diligently researched and toured private schools; spoken with neighbors, friends and family members; and determined the characteristics of their perfect school.
Here are five tips for finding a private school that is the right fit for your child.
Determine your child’s needs
This is especially important if your child has any special needs, including adaptations for developmental delays or advanced/gifted learning opportunities.
“Parents need to understand their child’s learning styles and have questions in their mind about [whether] this school can educate their child,” Melson says. “Does the child need to be challenged in a certain arena or does the child face challenges in a particular subject area? Are enrichment and support services offered?”
Children might need occupational or physical therapists, speech services, or counseling services for emotional or social issues. Parents need to ensure the needs of their child will be met, Melson says.
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