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Questions to ask when considering a private school

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Aug 14, 2015 1:39:57 PM

Private schools have a lot to offer your child. They provide a unique education, formed by the particular vision of KES_windsorthe school you choose. At King's-Edgehill School, we understand that you want the best educational environment for your child – but “best” can mean different things to different people. Consider digging a little deeper when considering a private school.

Academics
Some private schools provide an educational experience that are on par with schools around the world, or offer a curriculum that aligns with international schools, like the International Baccalaureate Programme. Others offer strong academic programmes that focus on the strengths of individual students. Some schools highlight their faculty and small class size. Some focus on a traditional liberal arts education, while others have invested considerable funds in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics programmes. Ask about schools’ particular strengths and their focus in academic programming. Asking the right questions will help you to determine the school’s focus and whether they are the right fit for your child.

Specialized Programmes
You may be interested in pursuing a specialized programme for your student. It might be Fine Arts, Performing Arts, a particular sport or area of academic focus. You will want to inquire about these programmes, the faculty that lead them, and the resources devoted to them.

School Facilities
School facilities make up the environment where your child will spend most of his or her time for the next few years. Ask about the school’s campus. If your student is interested in science and technology, ask about science labs and computer and network infrastructure. Students interested in performing arts should look at performance space, practice rooms, music rooms, art labs, and other facilities.

If you’re considering boarding school for your child, there’s a longer list of amenities to consider. Check out the dormitories, dining hall, recreation center, and athletic facilities to make sure they meet your approval. Since your child will be living on the campus, you want to know that they will be comfortable and cared for.

School Culture
Every private school has a guiding vision and philosophy. Schools put practices in place to deliver on that vision. DSC_0754Look at the mission statement and history of the school. Get a feel for the school's culture by interacting with students and faculty during a visit. Ensure that the school’s worldview is a good fit for your child, and for you. Confirm that you share the values of the school and are comfortable with the overall culture. The prevailing ideology is something that your child will take with her the rest of her life.

At King's-Edgehill School, we're committed to the true meaning of education - to lead forth. Except we're not doing the leading - you are. Since 1788, our mission has been to create a stimulating, transformative culture that inspires students from all over the world to reach out and claim their true potential. Ours is a culture based on a balanced yet stimulating environment, mutual respect, and supportive education. Our balanced approach to student development means that all aspects of life are nurtured - from academics and athletics to public service and spirituality. 

We invite you to ask us your important questions to help you decide if KES is a good fit for your child, and your family. We have prepared a set of questions that you should ask any private school before making the decision to send your child there. We’ve also put together our answers to those questions. Download both the questions and our answers now and ask away.

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