Factors In Selecting a (Private) School
Our kids have been going to private schools since Kindergarten. The decision to go down that road initially was complex and somewhat unique to our situation, but over the years we've had to do a fair bit of research, as we are constantly optimizing our children's education.
1. Class Size
Find out how big the classes can get.
2. Special Needs Accomodation/Inclusion
Are special needs students included in the classroom or segregated?
3. Staff Credentials
Are teachers all licenced?
4. Science Facilities
Will the students have the opportunity to see science in action through experiments?
In BC, it seems like most private/independent schools are faith-based. This can be a draw, but you might want to know the specific dogma being taught, and how much of the curriculum it takes up.
6. SOGI Policy
Sexual Orientation Gender Identity policy. Some parents go the private route to avoid what is being taught/advocated in public schools. Conversely, if you're in a private school, you may want to know what they are tolerant of.
8. Staff Turnover
I have found this to be a problem in private schools. Teachers leave for the public system - so you might not get the teacher you expect.
What is the "vibe" at the school? Does it seem like one big happy family, or more authoritative?
Are there intramural sports, or chances to play on teams that play against other schools?