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Checklist for Choosing a School

  • Conduct first-round research on schools of potential interest. Attempt to begin 12 months before the first day of school.
  • Set up appointments to tour the schools or attend open houses.
  • Conduct second-round research on candidate schools.
  • Complete the necessary paperwork for each school in which you have an interest.
  • Set up an appointment for an admissions assessment.
  • Grades 5 and above require scores from the ISEE test. Ask the school for forms to register for the test.
  • Check on the final notification procedure (e.g. personal call or letter).
  • Schedule and attend your childs follow-up evaluation conference with admissions. Be sure to attend whether your child is accepted or declined.

10 Ingredients for a Successful School Experience

Ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Is your child happy in school each day?
  2. Is your child excited about a particular subject?
  3. Does your child have good peer relationships?
  4. Can your child complete homework independently?
  5. Is your child eager to try new things?
  6. Is there an open communication between the school and you?
  7. Does the teacher set realistic goals for your child?
  8. Are your child's needs being met?
  9. Does your school offer special assistance if needed?
  10. How good are your child's grades?