Tips for Choosing the Right Private School

Posted by Gurpreet Ghatehora on Sunday, February 28th, 2016 at 7:23am.

When it comes to private schools in Edmonton, Alberta’s capital and the surrounding region have many of different options from which to choose. Apart from the major institutions, there are specialized campuses that may be the perfect fit for your child’s upbringing, future success, and personal development. But if you’re looking at putting your child into private school, be sure you’ve done the research first. Here are just a few tips on looking for private schools in Edmonton that fit your child’s needs.

1. Start with Your Kid

One of the best things any parent can do for their child when it comes to picking a school is considering their kid first. After all, some schools are geared towards certain programs, like music, athletics, or the performing arts. If your child is more of a hockey player than a singer, it’s probably not the best idea to take them somewhere that focuses on artistic expression. You may feel you’re helping them expand their boundaries, but you could also impact their performance if they can’t develop their strengths.

2. Location, Location, Location

Many private institutions have school bus service, but that doesn’t mean your particular house is on the route or worth even taking the bus. If you live a substantial ways away from any prospective school, be sure to look into transportation options first. Be sure to get specifics as well, since your child may end up being the last one off the bus every day, which can be difficult if they have after school activities or if you want to see them before 5 o’clock every day.

3. After School Options

Many private institutions thrive on their after-school programs, whether it’s homework clubs or advanced classes and professionally-instructed extracurricular activities. These can be tied into their usual daily activities, as well, which can help give your child a well-rounded and positive education experience. Look for options that can help you as well, such as clubs that have a carpool or transportation flexibility.

4. Tuition

Private schools are getting more affordable as more institutions open their doors, but it can be a significant amount of money. Always be sure that the tuition is within your personal budget before even heading to the campus for a tour. You could be convinced to spend a little extra, only to have that little extra severely impact your whole family’s quality of life. Inquire after discounts, such as if you put multiple children in the same school, which can help ease the financial burden of private education.

Private school can be an excellent choice for your children, but only if you pick a school that’s right for each child. Before settling on an institution, be sure to do your research and take a tour of the campus before signing anything.

1 Response to "Tips for Choosing the Right Private School"

Judy Wilson wrote: Looking into a private school's after school options seems like a great way to choose the right one to enroll my son in. I can see how being a part of a homework club, or another type of club that's associated with his classes will help him do better in school. Before reading this article, I was going to pick a private school based on location and whether I can afford the tuition, but now I'll definitely look into what after school options are offered with their program. Thanks for the tips!

Posted on Tuesday, April 12th, 2016 at 4:53pm.

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