“The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet” — Aristotle
Once the child reaches the age to start school, the parents are gradually smothered under a blanket of stress. A parent always wishes for the best and thus, nervously goes through countless available options. Apart from the information available on the net, they are equally keen to understand the different means adopted by schools to impart education and how good they are regarding applicability. This information is collated after conversing with other parents directly.
At the end of it, however, even after they have gathered all the information they need, they still wonder if their choice of school is right or not. Here is how to get rid of this very dilemma.
Set your priorities right:
Yes, you heard it. As parents, it is crucial to realise what exactly you want for your child; whether it is academics, overall development or a balanced approach to schooling. What are the attributes that will define a good school according to your aspiration? Define them. Sit down and make a list of these attributes. Whether it is individual attention that you seek or an approach that you believe will be right for your kid, jot them down and make a list. Then select schools that fit your requirements.
It boils down to information:
More is never less when it comes to knowing how the schools you have been shortlisting are the right ones or not. Every institutional structure and their way of operations vary depending on the values that they choose to focus upon. Deciphering this is what you have to do and then go further to know if they align with what you have on your mind. Try initiating personal conversations with parents who send their children to the schools you have chosen. If that is not possible, there are several online portals and groups from which you can obtain relevant details. But ensure that you are selecting the right gateways. Know the curriculum, safety, general policies and so on.
Make a personal visit:
It is always suggested that you visit the school once, get the admission process details and mark the dates accordingly. Fix an appointment and review the campus, the infrastructure before you arrive at a conclusion. This will help you to shortlist the schools further. The best time to do this is during vacations or holidays when the campus is relatively free and is available for access.
Apply, apply and wait:
Schools also vary regarding application procedures, interview formats and final list announcements. It is recommended that you track the schools individually as a few of them will process applications and perform documentation formalities online. Also, make it a point to reduce the shortlist to a total of 4 to 5 schools, beyond which it does not make much sense. Try all the shortlisted schools and if your child is selected, take that final call whether you want to let it go and try a different school or get started with the admission process.
This entire set of tasks might seem daunting, but actually, it is just about giving a little time and some mental space. Don’t stress yourself. Make a list, keep your pens ready and write them all. You will do just fine and trust us, your child will be in the school that you have always thought of. Happy parenting! We at The World School believe in holistic learning and overall development to enable children to grow into responsible adults. Visit us at