Checklist For Comparing Schools

Updated May 25, 2016 |
Checklist For Comparing Schools
Use this checklist to help you compare schools on your short list.
Use this checklist to keep track of your questions and answers to those questions as you visit each school on your short list. There is a lot of information to assimilate as you make those important visits. It will be easy to forget details unless you note them promptly.
 
School DemographicsSchool #1School #2School #3
Day or boarding   
Coed or single sex   
Number of students   
Number of boarders   
Number of day students   
How diverse is the student body?   
Number of faculty   
Student to faculty ratio   
    
Administration and Faculty   
How long has the headmaster/principal been in office?   
How large is the endowment?   
Financial condition of school (Excellent to marginal)   
Number of faculty with advanced degrees   
Staff turnover (If turnover, why?)   
    
Curriculum and Instruction   
IB offered?   
Number of AP courses   
Teaching methods (Harkness, classical, etc.)   
Is technology integrated into teaching?   
    
Religious Emphasis   
Which denomination or faith?   
Intensity of observances (relaxed to mandatory)   
    
Campus and Facilities   
General appearance   
Athletics facilities   
Sports programs   
Arts facilities   
Arts programs   
Security and safety   
    
Location   
Urban? Rural?   
Convenient? Isolated?   
    
Admissions   
Deadline   
Is staff helpful?   
Policies and procedures   
Shadowing permitted?   
Overnights?   
Quality of visit and tour   
    
Financial   
Tuition Fees   
Sundries   
Financial aid offered   
    
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Here you will find resources and tools to aid in your search and evaluation of private schools. Explore the ranking system and read what schools have to say about it. Learn more about the most important questions to ask and how an education consultant can get answers. Use our checklists to help compare school administration, curriculum and more.