How to choose a school

There are many factors to consider when selecting a school. These include a school’s strengths and curriculum, as well as the needs and learning style of your child.

Here are some points to consider:

  • Learning programs
  • Location
  • Cost
  • Values
  • Culture and community
  • Parent engagement opportunities

The best way to learn more about a school is to ask questions.
Here are some to get you started:

10 questions to ask when choosing a school

  1. Does the school fit the needs of my child?
  2. Does the school have a particular mission or philosophy that underpins its learning?
  3. How is technology used to support teaching and learning at the school?
  4. What extracurricular opportunities are available?
  5. How does the school support student wellbeing?
  6. How does the school deal with issues raised by students or parents?
  7. How is religious education taught?
  8. What subject choice is available?
  9. How does the school support the individual learning and capability of each student?
  10. How does the school communicate with families and what opportunities are available for parent engagement?

It is worth asking questions of the principal, staff and current school families. A principal can share the direction and ethos of a school. Current school families will give you a more grassroots perspective.

Take a Tour / Attend an Open Day

By far the best way to learn more about a school is to take a tour with the school Principal.

Most schools offer regular Tours or Open Days. Some schools offer tours at set times each week or term. Others prefer to offer one-on-one tours by appointment. In 2020, due to COVID-19, some schools may choose to host virtual tours.

Visit our School Directory to discover when upcoming Tours and Open Days are scheduled, both virtual and face to face.

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