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#1 mady707

Posted 14 February 2013 - 09:09 AM


My first child is due to start school next year. I have an appointment with the principal of a local private anglican school on Monday to see what the school is like. I am actually leaning towards one of the public schools in the area, but I want to check them all out to be thorough. The grounds and resources at the private school are lovely, but I have heard some less than flattering things about The actual schooling. What sort of questions do you ask of a potential school? I am all new to this and unsure what I want to ask exactly.

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#2 KatakaGeoGirl

Posted 14 February 2013 - 11:55 AM

I'd ask:

* What the class sizes are
* How many grades
* What is the make up the grades (ie are they composite or straight grades, and how many)
* What the specialists are (ie languages, art, library)
* What are the additional costs outside of the fees (ie uniform excursions)
* What is the after school care program if they have one
* What component if any of religious they teach

Edited by Katakacpk, 14 February 2013 - 11:56 AM.

#3 Heather11

Posted 14 February 2013 - 01:42 PM

What kind of programs/assistance they offer for both those students who are struggling plus those that need extension work or are gifted.

#4 barrington

Posted 14 February 2013 - 01:49 PM

I would go on a tour of the school and see how happy the staff and students are. I would ask questions of parents/children currently at the school rather than the principal.

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