Choosing a school for a child

@maximax8 (29148)
United Kingdom
January 22, 2010 2:32am CST
When I moved to the area I live in now I brought my oldest son and most of the school places in his year group were full. We went to visit two schools that one space in his year group. He decided he wanted to go to the modern school. I was pleased because it had and still has high standards. Then my oldest son got in to our first choice secondary school. Yesterday I saw a list of schools in my local area showing the percentage of pupils achieving the required level. My oldest son's school he went to had got 68% of English and Maths plus 86% for Science. My second nephew's and my oldest niece go to a school close to where my sister lives. Their school got 47% for English and Maths plus 52% for Science. The average for the educational authority is 72% in English and Maths plus 91% for Science. My oldest nephew went to the same school and is now at secondary school. I am shocked at some of the standards achieved in my local area. At the moment I am about to choose a play school for my youngest son and a primary school for him as well. It might be worth me moving to a village where the standards are higher. Did you find it easy to choose your child's school? How did you go about choosing your child's school? Why do the standards differ so much?
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@krajibg (11936)
• Guwahati, India
22 Jan 10
Hi Maximax, Very legit post. The same problem I am facing with my son. Earlier he was in a Govt. LP School but seeing the standard of the course and the competency of the teaching staff I pulled him off and put at another school which is a little better than that. This is really a challenge as to where you put your kid for primary education.
@zhouxi (1756)
• China
23 Jan 10
my son passed the exam and enter a best high school in our city two years ago and gratualed.but now he wants to give up studing to enter a university,he wants to have his own company.he is seventeen.what should i do?he don't like school.he always sleeps at home.
@academic2 (7009)
• Uganda
10 Jul 10
Parents always want to get the best school for their children. The problem is that the best schools also go with very high fees, so as long as a parent can afford, they will always find the bet school
• India
10 Jul 10
Well max, all my kids are grown uo now, i am retired after serving in various colleges and university for over 40 years, my kids moved with me and read in school and colleges where i served, in some small towns i did not had any choice too, but if there were any, i chose the best.. Thanks for sharing. Welcome always. Cheers.
@squaretile (3833)
• Singapore
25 Jan 10
Well, choosing the RIGHT primary school for a child becomes a major preoccupation, or some may say, obsession, for singaporean parents. there is a website forum called kiasuparents that has a wealth of information on almost every school you can name in singapore. As the requirements for entry can be quite stringent, and for the popular schools you have to be an alumni or stay within 1km of the school to get a remote chance of getting in. other schools take in parent volunteers and even after volunteering for many hours a month over the span of 2 years, there might be a case where there are too many parent volunteers and they are still subject to balloting! and there are cases where such parents still don't secure a place in that popular school for their darling child! Personally, I'd choose a school with an okay reputation (doesn't have to be in the top ten) and within reasonable distance from my home. Some people move houses to be near famous schools so that they stand a higher chance of getting in. Ultimately, I feel that the standards of schools and teachers in my country is not vastly different. it's just that some parents are pickier about the crowd that their children grow up with.
@nexan29 (86)
• Philippines
23 Jan 10
Hello there maximax8. I am not yet a parent, i am just a student right now. For me, its better to choose a school which is they have a good or high quality of teaching.After choosing a good school with a good or high quality of teaching, we are comfortable that your child will learn more 'bout different subjects. Because even your child is intelligent and the teachers in their school teach them ineffectively or inefficienty, your child's intelligence will be useless. Thats my opinion regarding the topic. I hope that I help you with.
@Zhizho (1352)
• Indonesia
22 Jan 10
Hi..My son was 2years old and he have no school yet.I fell that I still could teach him at home.Nowdays,There is many parent looking for good school for their children and I don't know what their expectation to put their children there.But,I think many school consider important to cognitive aspect (example maths) but they ignore other espect.For me to choose school is school wich concern about many aspect in education such morality,sozialization,learning to be stand alone and other aspect.As a teacher we have to knnow that we could not compare between one student to other.They have different feature so we can count them by grades.