Which School Is The Best For Your Child?

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Which School Is The Best For Your Child?
It depends on your requirements. But in the end only one thing matters most anyway.
The question and answer on the Bay Area Private Schools site says it all:

Q. Is there ranking on California private schools?

A. There is no ranking on private elementary schools. Since the key to a rewarding private school education is finding a good match for your child's specific needs, parents should not make their decision solely based on test scores and reputation.

So, the answer to every parent's question "Which is the best school for my child?" is a very ambiguous attorney's answer: "It depends!"  What does it depend on?

It depends on your requirements.
You and your child will have different requirements, of course. You will be looking at test scores of a school's graduates, the colleges to which they matriculate, the quality of the faculty, how competitive the admissions are, and so on. Typical adult benchmarks.

She's more concerned with what kind of kids go to the school, what her social life will be like, whether she can bring her horse to school, how much homework there is and how difficult the work is. Typical teenage concerns.

What you must do to determine the best school for your child is to examine and discuss all the things which matter to you both. This is not a discussion which can take place while stopped at a traffic light after field hockey practice. Set aside some quality time in a neutral location - a quiet booth in a diner will do just fine - and explore the issues with your child. You will develop a list of items which will help you define the ideal school. Proceed from that common ground.

A much more important question than "Which is the best school for my child?" is "At which school will my child be happiest?" Sending a child off to private school is a tremendous step. She needs to understand that enormous opportunity your decision entails. She will have a chance to develop learning habits and skills which will set the course for the rest of her adult life. She will become part of a community which truly cares about her, wants only the best for her and sets standards of excellence to which she can aspire. The bottom line is that the best school for your child is the one at which she will be the happiest

 


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