Junaid Tahir and his 11 years old son Rafay have prepared these 17
checks for parents to help finalize the school for their kids.
One of the major responsibilities of being parent is finalization of school for your kids. These days, its an uphill task; reason being, there are plenty of options available to choose from. Many parents, including you, are confused on how to choose a good school. With below check list your school selection criteria will be easier.
1- Fee structure
course the foremost criteria for your as parent. Remember, not all
schools charging hefty fees are good. Be considerate. Choose a school
which you can afford in long term. Selecting a high-fee school and
taking the kids off from school after a year will disturb the
continuation of their studies.
is better to avail transportation service from school instead of
private arrangement. These days many schools offer good services
including a nanny, having a camera in the bus, attendance system (bus
entry and exit). There is nothing better if you would like to drop your
schools yourself as you can utilize this time for having casual, candid
chats with kids, teaching them something new, listen to their stories
and so on.
3- Distance from home
you are kids are taking more than 30 minutes reaching to school (either
with you or with private conveyance) its not fair with them. Choose a
school near to your home.
4- Reality check
a school brags about being the best, don’t simply trust them. Use
internet and perform a sanity check. Check school’s Facebook page, read
views of parents on alternate channels/websites, post your questions and
seek answers for. Once satisfied, shortlist this school for final
initial grades, you may not prefer whether your kid is going to
American curriculum, British, American, Indian or Pakistani however for
higher grades the curriculum becomes important because many universities
as acceptance (or priority) for specific curriculum. Speak to parents,
shoot a question on quora and visit school website to check how this curriculum fits in good universities for higher studies.
schools offer Arabic, French or Chinese languages. Science proves that
the more languages you apprehend the more intelligent you become. Hence,
it is important for your kids to learn a new language.
7- Word of Mouth
people whose kids study in the school you have short listed for your
kids. Ask what they like and what they do not like in this school.
These parents will definitely give you insightful advise which you may
not find on internet.
8- Co Education
selection criteria is to be considered if you prefer to send your kid
to a school where boys and girls have separate classes. Many Arab and
South East Asian countries have such schools.
if the school is affiliate with international educational bodies. Such
schools usually have continuous learning and improvement due to on-going
enhancements in the field of education.
10- extra curriculum classes
and knowledge are not the only thing you send your kids to school for.
You want your kids to be physically healthy, mentally strong, socially
active and practically creative. Such skills and benefits can only be
achieved if schools are offering extra curriculum activities such as
swimming, basketball, arts and crafts, memorization, presentation skills
and so on. Such classes are offered either after school times or on
11- Teachers’ review
school what is their teacher selection criteria? What nationality are
they from? What minimum qualification is required to posses? What
certifications do they have? Remember, you can choose the best school
but shortage of good teachers is going to impact the quality of
education your kids are going to get.
12- School ranking websites
days many country-specific school ranking websites are available. Some
countries have dedicated ministries performing annual school ranking.
Check how Dubai is doing this.
13- Parent Teacher Meeting
good school should offer frequent Parent-Teacher Meetings. This will
ensure you as parent are aware of your child’s progress at school and
what factors need improvement at school or at home.
14- Home work
good school is supposed to teach most of things at work and do not give
high home-work. While fair amount of home work is good, a child is not
supposed to be placed under burden of too much work.
15- Games and physical activities period
your kids school should have physical activities period twice a week.
Physical activities are not only good for body but improve the overall
personality by instilling tolerance, increasing confidence and enhancing
social activities in kids.
16- Religious education
people rightly consider religious education as one of the critical
criterion. Check if the school you are going to short list offers
17- School Age
when the school started its operation will help you accept or reject
the school. For old school it is easy for you to take opinion from
existing parents, check their repute on internet or other social
What other aspects would you consider for finalizing the school for your kids? Share your thoughts please.