Getting an education is the basic right of every child, but having that right does not guarantee that the type of school your budding scholar attends will be the best fit for him or her. The good news is that as a parent, you have the prerogative to decide which type of school will most benefit your child’s individual needs.
However, determining the most appropriate educational option can be a daunting task. With the introduction of the No Child Left Behind Act, there are now more choices than ever, each one with its own benefits and downsides—and not every school is right for every student. There are public schools, charter schools, magnet schools, virtual schools, home schools, secular private schools, religious private schools, and faith-based schools. With all of these options, how can you be sure deep down in your heart that you are choosing the one most conducive to ensuring your child’s future success?
- Quite simply, the decision begins at home with your child and family. Ask yourself: What is essential to you in a good education? Are high achievement scores important? Should the lessons be rigorous with differentiated activities based on ability and learning style? Is incorporating your faith an indispensable component of the curriculum? How about the implementation of core values, including community and contributing to society? Would your child flourish in a smaller environment with more individualized attention? Does your child have special needs? What type of extracurricular activities is your child interested in?
These are just some of the questions that will guide you in your quest for an ideal school. Keep an eye out for our blog that will help you further navigate all the things to consider: “How to Select a Good School: Checklist for Parents.”
- Now that you have a good idea what you are looking for, do your research. You’ll find links to all of the websites for the schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford on the Office of Catholic Schools website. If you would like to visit any of the schools, give them a call to set up an appointment. You are always welcome.