Observe existing students’ performance and satisfaction.
Employability of graduates / Qualifying rate for better higher universities
Mean students duration in school. (How many years typically a student continues his education in this school)
Quality of Faculty (For example: what is minimum education of teacher, what is the level of knowledge, skills and expertise the teachers possess.
Attention to each student: Every single student is a gem. You never know your son would be the next Einstein, if given proper attention.
No overload in terms of home work: Prime job
of any school is to make sure the students learn at school. If parents
at home have to play the role of teacher then the school is not doing
the right job.
Discipline: If the child is getting
disciplined over the weeks and month, the school is successfully
instilling the discipline in your child.
Career Counselling and General Guidance: Schools should provide free counselling to students and parents on need-on basis.
Bullying Control: A school must ensure that bullying is not taking place. Visit this
Weekend Classes: For weaker students school
should arrange extra classes on weekend. This will ensure that some of
the students are not left behind in studies.
Hall of Fame: A room where pictures of high achievers are posted. This will encourage students as well as parents.
Award System: School should have good award
system not only for the kids producing good marks/grades but also for
games, quizzes, social works and so on. These awards should be posted
on school’s social media page.
Volunteering Activities: School should
ensure to conduct volunteering activities such as plantation, hospital
visit, orphan school visit, beach cleaning campaigns, charity works and
Foreign Languages: French, Chinese, Arabic
and English languages are widely spoken across the world. It is believed
that the more languages you know the better intellectual you become.
Students should be taught at-least one foreign
Games: Both physical and mental games should
be promoted for all grades. Mental games increase cognitive skills of
student at large and improve their thinking patterns.
Arts and Crafts: Creative students
contribute better to the societies when grow up. Fair attention to be
given by schools for conducting arts and crafts activities.
Interschool Competitions: Such competitions
enhance a child’s vision and help him/her understand on where he stands
in terms of physical and mental competency.
Events: Schools should arrange Food events,
gaming event, cultural events and get-together activities. This improves
the perception of the school and has many benefits for students and
Leadership Training: From higher secondary
classes students should be involved in the leadership skills such as
goals oriented approach , good listening skills, willing to help, taking
initiatives, vision to resolve community
problems and so on.
Ethical Training: Listening and speaking
skills add great value to children’s character. Schools should show
documentaries on such subjects. Guest speakers can be invited once in a
Presentation Skills: Practical life is all
about communication and presentation expertise. High schools should have
dedicated periods for such skills. Students should be trained and
encouraged to speak in such sessions.
Quality Management System compliance: Good schools should work towards
Education Quality compliance such as
International affiliation and membership of school systems, forums, groups, magazines and so o
Corporate Social Responsibility: Good
schools allocate their budget and time for the Social Causes. Social
causes may include allocating funds for community, comply with
government rules and regulations, provide investments,
create jobs and career opportunities.
Ease of Fee Payment: Schools should provide
convenient methods of paying the fee (online payment, via visiting bank,
cheques and cash – all major payment options should be accepted by the
school IT/Finance system). If parents
are willing to pay the fee in advance, some sort of discount should be
given. (If you are a businessman running a school, you know what I mean
when you have the payment in advance)
Attendance System: Attendance system should
be digital preferably to avoid incorrect data management. Schools may
issue an electronic card to each student which could be used for school
entry/exit time tracking and for bus entry/exit.
The attendance of each system should be made available on school
Daily / Weekly Reports to Parents: either
the assignments, weekly work should be available on the school website
under parents’ log-in or it should be sent out to parents directly.
Happy and helpful staff: Not only teachers,
but every school employee should maintain good attitude towards
students, parents and visitors. Satisfied parents will promote the
school automatically as it is a win-win for parents
Active Facebook page: Facebook is father of
social communication these days. An active Facebook page will ensure
that parents are fully engaged with what school is doing.
Parents engagements: School can use such
pages to communicate all important notices, news, events and activities
with parents. Imagine the happiness of a mother if his/her kids
activities are posted on Facebook!
Conduct Polls and Review: Good Schools
should approach parents through social medial for conducting polls on
important decisions school is considering to implement.
Surveys for continuous improvements: Schools
should send private emails to parents for getting feedback about its
education standards, infrastructure, facilities, timings and overall
services. Please participate on our
Teacher Hiring process: A school cannot
succeed until all of its teachers perform their job with excellence.
This means the school needs people with excellent communication and
teaching skills. Hiring criteria/methodology should
be established concretely so that only the best-in-class teachers are
filtered and selected.
Training of teachers: Having best of the
breed of teachers does not mean that no further training and skill
enhancement is needed. Remember the law of Sharpen the Saw and always
consider periodic train-the-trainer sessions for
the teachers. School should invest some time for checking out best
practices in the education niche and continuously strive to polish the
skills of their teachers.
Attitude of teachers: A good school’s
teacher will have good communication skills, good listening skills,
empathic approach for understanding the quality of apprehension of
his/her students to help them succeed.
Teaching standards: A good school should
ensure high teaching standards. They should establish mechanisms to
measure the quality of teaching through student survey, teacher survey,
peers’ feedback, response time to different queries,
patience, deep knowledge of the subject they teach, the friendliness,
approachability, strong work ethics, being prepared and organized,
documented and structured.
Parent Teacher meetings: A good school
conducts frequent meetings with parents to discuss any concerns parents
may have, to provide feedback about their children, to provide latest
updates about school. A persistent bond with
parents enhances parents trust on the school.
Parent log-in: Parents should be provided
dedicated portal where they can see the progress of their children,
their grades, extracurricular activities, pictures and general updates
of the school.
Email notifications: Email communication
channel must be maintained by the school. Although parents do not like a
lot of emails from the school, yet important announcements and formal
updates should be sent to the parents.
Financial constraints support policy:
Sometimes parents get delayed in paying the fee on time due to financial
constraints. Although a school is primarily a business yet schools
should show flexibility for such situations. After
all it is a matter of children future. Under the social responsibility
umbrella, a good school will provide concession on the fee or accept
Better furniture: Students desk, power
sockets, cupboards, chairs should be properly designed to accommodate
the day to day needs of the student. A nice and clean furniture improves
the overall environment of the class. Schools
should ensure annual / quarterly audits to check the quality of the
furniture and take corrective and preventive measures. The cupboards
should have enough space of students’ bags.
Good Lighting: A bright classroom will help student maintain their healthy eyesight. Adequate lighting in the class will freshen up the class.
Projectors and TV Screens: A good school
will have projectors available where they can show documentaries,
learning videos, arts and crafts videos from YouTube. Same projects / TV
screens can be used for school announcements and
Separate room for lunch: To avoid strong odors in the class, a school may provide a separate hall to students for eating
Prayer room: Students have to perform
several prayers during school time. This is more important for the
countries where Muslim population is dominant. Hence school should
provide prayer rooms too. Same level of respect should
be given to all religions without discrimination.
Playground – / Football / Cricket / Basket Ball / Swimming:
A dedicated physical instructor, play areas for major games and
associated ancillaries will result in better ranking of the school in
society. In new age, parents are
not only concerned about book based knowledge instead they want their
kids to practice physical activities in the school
Clinic / Emergency Room: Medical situations
are inevitable hence a school should have an emergency room with
dedicated nurse staff and first aid medicines/treatment services.
Student Health Records: A database of
student health should be maintained by school. This should include
health history, allergies, medication and emergency contact details of
Food shop: Only healthy food should be provided in school tuck shops. Fizzy drinks, artificial juices, fried food should be prohibited.
Adequate Washrooms: Separate for boys and girls! Also frequent cleaning policy and governance should be ensured to achieve high hygiene standards.
Library: Todays’ reader is tomorrow’s leader. Libraries (digital or physical) are a must these days.
Weekly Campaigns: A good school should
consider celebrating “Health Week”, “Cleaning Week” “Happy Week” where
respective concepts and associated activities should be practiced.
School Trips: In line with local authorities
and service providers a good school should arrange camping trips to
hilly area, zoo day, park day, library day, plantation day and so on.
Advance Learning: A Good School not only
teaches the course material but also establish courses, trainings,
seminars, presentations about Digital Competence, Social
Responsibilities, Sense of initiative and leadership, manners
and ethics, being healthy and learning to learn techniques.
Safety and Security: A good school provides
adequate security measure in terms of entry and exit procedures,
in-class safety assurance, CCTV cameras installation, dedicated security
department, IT security compliance,
Each community should establish local bodies
to discuss challenges related to schools, brainstorm the improvement
ideas, plan to present the problems / solutions to regional or federal
Industry Visits: For the higher class
students schools should arrange visits to factories, showrooms, large
scale offices, colleges, manufacturing plants, hospitals and IT
companies whichever applicable. This will provide exposure
to the kids and inspire them to choose the right domain for their
Author has prepared these 17 checks for parents to help finalize the school for their kids.
One of the major responsibilities of being parent is the 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
Tuition fee is off 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.
It 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.
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