Posted 13 November 2012 - 08:13 AM
A big one for me is how much time is spent on behavioral management and how much on actual educational content. I work within the education system and only had a teacher tell me that other day that something that would take one lesson to teach at one of the schools I work at, would take a week at another local school (this teacher has taught at both schools) Another biggie for me is how happy the teachers are. That is harder to judge from a parents perspective, but from my experience, the vibe in the staffroom directly correlates to how "good" as school is. If staff are happy, and have good leadership and support, then most other things can be overcome.
But the single most important thing is that my children are happy and love learning! I would grit my teeth about anything if this was occurring.