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“In my numerous years of working with educational consultants School Choice has consistently distinguished itself from all others due to the quality of service it provides its families.  I have grown to respect your firm’s organization, thoroughness and, maybe most impressive, your ability to accurately identify families who consistently prove to be such wonderful matches for our school.”

New York City Admissions Director

School Choice International’s Top 10 Tips

1.  Separate your child from yourself.  Learn all you can from your colleagues and friends, but recognize that your child is an individual, and no solution that works for one child will necessarily work for another.

2.  Consider all possible options – public/private, local, national and international.  Don’t narrow your options by approaching the situation with preconceived notions.

3.  There is not just ‘one’ school that is right for your child.  There will be many good options, each choice will have pros and cons.

4.  Do your homework.  When visiting schools, ask a lot of questions and get as much information as you can.

5.  There is no substitute for a visit.  Make sure to visit a range of schools which include those you think you want to see as well as those that seem somewhat less obvious.

6.  Don’t be fooled by scores.  Numbers don’t tell the whole story.  Statistics can be manipulated to make any case.  Test scores often reflect teaching to the test rather than teaching critical thinking skills.  Test material may not challenge the top learners.

7.  Facilities matter more to parents that they do to children.  Think about what your children really need to have a successful educational  experience.  In most cases, relationships with teachers and the peer group make a much greater difference.

8.  Children in transition have difficulties. What are the support systems when things break down?  Is the school proactive along these lines?  What kind of communication is built in between faculty and parents?

9.  Families who have never moved and are not planning to move have very different needs than children in transition.  Focus on the needs of your child.

10.  Be open minded – sometimes a school that you don’t think you want is the one in which your child will thrive.

“Schools that inspire children to love learning, and deliver a curriculum with a purpose in a way that makes sense, particularly in a global setting, can be thrilling places for children and for adults.”
Liz Perelstein