Whether this is your first experience with private education or your child is moving into a new independent school community, you will want to find a school that best fits the needs of your child and your family.
There are many important things to observe and consider while attending an Open House:
1. Size, Cost and Location – What kind of classroom setting will be most beneficial to your child? How does the class and school size affect your child’s opportunities? What is included in tuition? Is there a financial aid program and is it accessible? Is the school situated close to home or work?
2. Quality of Education and School Philosophy – What are the mission and goals of the school? How is the atmosphere of the classroom? Does the teaching style match your child’s learning style? What are the expectations of each child?
3. Faculty and Staff – Do you have an understanding of their backgrounds, educational history and areas of specialty? Do teachers and staff hold advanced degrees?
4. Facilities – How does the school support students in the areas of technology, arts, sciences, sports and enrichment? Is there adequate space for learning and activities at this school?
5. Beyond the Basics – What are the opportunities or expectations for parent involvement? What is the diversity among the student body and faculty/staff? Can you see your child here?
Taking the opportunity to speak with as many faculty, staff, students and parents at an Open House is also valuable and an important step during the visit. These individuals offer a fresh perspective on life at the school and help answer any questions you may have about the experience on campus and as a member of the community.