Posted: Tuesday, August 5th, 2008
Parents can now search for private schools in all 50 states using the Education.com SchoolFinder tool. Using the SchoolFinder tool, parents can learn about a private school’s size, grade span, student ethnicity, student-teacher ratio, and if a school is coed or single-sex. SchoolFinder also allows parents to rate and review schools to provide a deeper sense of a school’s culture and environment.
Choosing the right school for your child can be difficult and complicated, and often many factors are involved in the decision process. Knowing all of the school options in your area or an area you are moving to is the first step in making a school decision. Location isn’t everything however, there are other factors such as choosing private school versus public school.
According to the U.S. Department of Education, 76% of private schools have a religious affiliation. Using SchoolFinder, parents can find out a school’s religious orientation, as well as any special programs the school focuses on, such as Montessori or Alternative programs. SchoolFinder also includes school association memberships, such as a school belonging to the Association of Boarding Schools, to provide a deeper overview of a school.
Combined with parent reviews, SchoolFinder’s information on public and private schools hopefully make school decisions that much easier. Having taught in both public and private schools, I personally know that finding the best school for your child depends on the unique needs of your family, not just simply determining the right “type” of school. Armed with the tips and articles on choosing the best school to meet your family’s and child’s individual needs and learning style, parents can begin to find the answers they need as the new school year begins!