Unlike the public schools, private schools don't release report cards or
testing data, and some of them won't even let you tour until after your
child applies. If you're trying to research carefully where your
child is likely to be happiest and most successful, you have your work cut
out for you. A school's reputation and its shiny brochure aren't
what should a thoughtful parent do?
believe the hype. Is the ABC School really better than
the XYZ School? Is the Navy School truly
inferior to the Crimson School? Does anyone really know?
Hard as it is, try to disregard the word on the street and judge the
school solely by how you think it can benefit your child.
to people who have personal experience with the school that you're
researching. If you don't know any parents or students from the
school, take creative measures. We know parents who have
unobtrusively approached families leaving school at closing time, and
others who get hold of schools' newspapers. Besides reading what
students have to say, these parents were able to judge students'
writing skills, an important consideration when choosing a school.
the school's marketing materials and consider your experiences at the
tour and interview. Does a school's image of itself fit with
your family's values?
educational consultant can help you by providing frank,
unbiased views based upon experience with families whose children have
gotten into and attended the schools. For more information about
Abacus Guide Educational Consulting,
Read materials that aren't produced by the schools. Some
guidebooks, despite their titles, actually contain content written
by the schools. The guidebooks below are written by
independent authors. You can get them from Amazon by clicking
on the titles below.
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