How to choose a school the right way for your child success
How to choose a school for your child?
Choosing a school for your child for many years wasn’t that crucial. most parents did not put that much attention to it. therefore, most kids went to the school closest to their home.
The past decade was characterised as the information age, parents had much more information at their disposal. meaning they could evaluate the school on many parameters and have a very good picture, as to what is a good school.
This time around we are at the social age. which means virtual communities work as one to demand better schooling for our children. your local friend can give you all the information needed if you just get connected with the right people.
At today’s age, the fact that most of us are connected via social media means we can get more relevant information fast. our friends help form our decisions. we are much more influenced to make better decisions.
Here is a step by step approach that will help you understand the system. this approach will make you more involved in your child learning and future.
Step #No 1 – Understanding the 4 school types:
The Australian schooling system is composed out of 4 individual systems. The best school system is the selective system. you have to compete via testing in order to get in. this is a highly competitive environment. and the fact that the students are the best in the country help them get the best results overall. The next system is the private system. this system is based on two factors: wealth. you must be able to afford their very high fees. and your kids must have a decent percentage as they want to maintain their good ranking. The next system is the chaotic system. this system is religious based. you can find this system to be a bit strict with discipline. and the last on the list is the public system. this system is affected by the fact that all kids in the area will attend school by law. so sometimes you might miscalculate their true ranking. in statistics, the bad students affect the good one’s overall ranking. this is why you should always take that into consideration as well. All those systems have their good and bad aspects, but at the end of the day, you must strive to send your child to the best option available to him.
Step #No 2 – Understanding school ranking:
School ranking will tell you about the academic achievement of the school. the benchmark is an Australian wide test. this test is identical to all students. this is why it is easy to use it as a benchmark for academic achievement. There are ranking websites, that will show you all the best school in the state. some of this school are not relevant for you for financial reasons. some are not relevant to you for religious reasons. The ranking will show the best academic results. but you must understand one thing: the majority of schools, run well by a very good staff, and where children learn happily, just made to look average. in reality, all you need is the right atmosphere to succeed, you will have to do the rest. and that means to pay close attention to your child progress and results. and being able to give him the guidance when needed.
Step #No 3 – Understanding your real choice:
When talking about the parent choice, you must understand something fundamental. Schools control their own admission. this means that they have the right to decide (up to a certain degree) to accept or reject your child. schools operate in a competitive environment. parents want the best schools for their children. as a result, the good performing schools has very high demand. so the reality is parents only have the right to express a choice. parents must understand that as limiting criteria of their choice.
Today’s schools have more choice than parents. regarding who they accept. they have some limitations like an area where you live. if one brother attends already, and the catholic school wants you to be chaotic.
Step #No 4 – Understanding your role:
The parent in today’s role has a very important part. just picking the right school is not enough. you must participate in your child steps from primary to secondary. Parents today must be involved in every single part of the building blocks of a successful student. first, they must check their child homework. secondly, they must understand the way their child prepare for exams. what is the level of anxiety? encouraging him/her to do their best. showing them how. and this is key. you must be able to show your child how to succeed. because the public school can’t handle every case, they must think of the group rather than the individual. if you can’t do this step you must hire or consult one who can even for a short term. because believe is half the effort.
How to choose conclusion:
It’s always a good thing to live next to a good public school. a place where your child feels happy.
You must remember everyone can succeed. the only limitation is in your own mind. if you think you are a C average even if you can achieve more your brain will tell you to stress out.
The number one factor for a child success is his parent involvement. if you will be there to support, your child will reach great heights. if you will let your child carry all the loads, he might succeed, but he might fail as well. and when I say fail, I really mean to fulfil his own potential.
If you can’t afford the best teachers, the one’s from the private system you can still help. you can take a more active role. you can give your child private tutoring.
So the school, as good as it might be can only carry the child so far. the real success comes from the different effort of the individual. the better the effort, the better the results. and remember in the academic world, results are the name of the game.
If you can implement good learning behaviour from a very young age you must do so. these habits will follow your child all the way to uni and beyond. encourage your child to read from a young age. ask your child math questions. buy your child games that involve thinking rather than doing.