How to choose a school?

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What parent would not want to be precious child has learned in a good school? But the definition of a "good school" with many baffled.

What is a "good school"?

For some, the sample will be a "good Soviet school," in which they once learned (and nothing but normal people have grown!), So now they want for their children about the same only for the money. Alas, the same remained in the Soviet past. And irrevocably.

For others, a good school — this is where the children learn "decent people", ie Prestigious. Such a school must necessarily take in a variety of ratings, only the first place, located in the modern building, to have the image of Cool School. Apparently, in it, according to the parents, and concentrated the best teachers and the most demanding.

Still others insist that the gentleman's set "a good school" must include security, swimming pool, in-depth study of the language and the second language. And that was the high "postupaemost" individual approach, psychological comfort and at the same strict discipline.

As you might imagine, some criteria are totally mutually exclusive. And therefore can not be good at school, good for everyone. Suppose the school adopted a democratic approach, teachers and students simply called by their names, not the regular school ruler, and all events are held in an informal and friendly atmosphere. Is that good or bad? For the "home" of the child, shrinking from a sharp cry — of course, good. For another, accustomed to the "iron" hand, a similar atmosphere, however, is harmful — it relaxes and becomes a child to do anything.

How do you find a school that is right for your child?

School Marketing theory

To start, you will need to collect a variety of information about the schools — and the next not so much. Channels to find a lot of information, from guides to the neighbors in the stairwell. But keep in mind, any information presented, even by official sources, needs to be checked. For example, the directory can be written, the school cooperates with a specific university. But the reality is that the relationship between school and university — fickle thing. "Word of mouth", of course, can be subjective, because, as you know, everyone chooses for themselves, according to their own criteria and views.

There are also schools rankings. A variety of information and reference journals (for example, "Education and Career", "Career", "The Best School of Moscow", "elite schools") annually publishes its rankings of schools. It seems to be more clearly nowhere — is immediately obvious which school is the best. But there are some pitfalls.

And it's not only corruption places (because of this, many interesting schools (both private and public) simply do not participate in the ratings, saving money and nerves), but the fact that almost all the rankings are compiled solely by the formal criteria. The important role played by them in everyday life and technical equipment, teaching staff assessed by formal criteria (academic degrees, publications, etc.), and by the same formal characteristics assessed student performance. Regalia of individual teachers do not guarantee that the school will have a team of like-minded teachers and individual students win at the Olympics — that all students are obsessed with knowledge.

What you need to consider when choosing a school?

  • Specialization (Language, physical, mathematical, artistic, aesthetic, athletic, etc.)

It would seem that all is clear — to what the child has a tendency, a school and should be preferred. But keep in mind that such a popular language at all times, special schools are not for everyone. The child must be sufficiently well formed native speech, pronunciation, speech therapy without problems, a good vocabulary.

  • The number of students per class

"Home" to a child who never went to kindergarten, small class is more appropriate. Often, parents are pushing competing demands — want the school had adopted an individual approach, but quite large classes. Class 6-7 people (and in private schools is common) they are afraid of their uniqueness.

  • The study load

In the so-called "Strong" schools load the "worst of the institute." This is no exaggeration. By medical standards of homework in primary school pupil should spend no more than an hour. In the prestigious same "strong" first-grade schools are often pore over homework until eleven o'clock at night. And if the body is healthy (albeit with great difficulty!), But still cope with this load, then weakened to a child it can be a disaster. "Strong" school categorically not suitable for sickly children, for those who have a chronic illness.

  • Tuition fee

Public schools are considered free. In reality, many parents are going to "the needs of the class" from 300 to 2000 rubles a month (sometimes this amount is formally appointed by the Board of Trustees). Education at a private school on the average cost about $ 500-700 per month. However, not always high pay in the private school guarantees the quality of education. It happens that the low-cost private schools give a much better result (including in relation to government).

  • Location and how you will get to it

Of course, the younger the child, the more important to him that the school was close to home. But if you choose between poor school yard and a good two blocks away from it, it is best to choose the one that away. Evaluate whether it is convenient to you and your child to use transport, underground and surface transitions, etc.

Personal acquaintance

So, as a result of theoretical marketing you have selected several appropriate schools. Now you have to get to know them personally. Go, assess the situation on the ground. The director and the director of studies usually have office hours when he answers questions from the public. It is useful to talk with the parents of children who already attend the school.

What to look for in a school?

Parents often first thing in trying to find out whether there is in school (and if so, in what state) sports and computer rooms, laboratories, game rooms, swimming pools. Sometimes, however, the school can not be its own pool, but she rents a room and a sports center holds classes there. The quality they will be just as good.

But the on the area around the school worth watching closely. To find out, for example, are not lying to her used syringes.

And it is absolutely necessary meet your future teacher student. After all, with her he would have to spend most of the time. Some experienced parents believe that it is better to choose for a first grader is not so much a school as a teacher. Consider, for example, such a thing as temperament. If the teacher rapid speech, sudden movements, fast-paced activity, the slowness of the child to learn from such a person would be incredibly difficult. Conflict situations and the constant time pressure is simply inevitable. Incidentally, we note that such a hyperactive child and mentor is not suitable. Best of all, if the first teacher your child will be calm and balanced.

In a word, yes seek ye shall find. In one small article, we still can not give a universal prescription. Just remember — school choice — not an easy matter, and depends on him very much. First of all, in your child's life (well, and in yours, of course, too).

Inessa Smyk

For help in preparation of the material Ilya Savchuk, director of the education bureau "Soling" (

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