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School Visit Checklist

School Visit Checklist

 

Preparing for a school visit is crucial for parents if they really want to ask the right questions and ensure the school is a good fit for their children. Chalksmart has talked with a number of admissions officers, and below is a summary of what they recommend.

 

Before Your Visit

  • Understand the school’s curriculum and philosophy – most information is available on the website or right here on Chalksmart.
  • Write down specific questions that you want to ask, or print out from here
  • Make sure to set up your appointment so the school knows that you are coming!

 

During Your Visit

  • Look around – do the children seem happy and engaged?
  • Be sure to observe a class in action.
  • Remember – the admissions team may not be wholly representative of the school. It’s important to see the teachers and even talk to the principal.
  • What do the facilities look like? Does it seem safe? Are the bathrooms and cafeteria clean?
  • Who provides the food catering service?
  • Check out the student work. Does it look age appropriate?
  • Are the teachers energetic and experienced?

 

Questions to Ask

  • Does this school have an educational philosophy or mission?
  • What is the maximum class size?
  • How are classes split up?
  • What is the breakdown of nationalities in the average class?
  • How does the school teach language, arts and music?
  • How long do most students stay at the school? Why do they leave?
  • What minimum and average qualifications do teachers have?
  • What is the licensing of the school? Accreditation? When was it updated?
  • What extracurricular activities are available?
  • Where are the students from?

 

For Pre-K / Kindergarten / ECE students

  • How are classes broken up and how many students are there in each class?
  • Where are the teachers from?
  • What does the school do to build character or reinforce positive values?
  • How much outdoor time do kids get each day?

 

For Primary students

  • What is the school’s approach to reading, math, science and social studies?
  • What language classes are offered to students?
  • How does the school prepare students for success in secondary?
  • How often do children usually stay at the school?

 

For Secondary School students

  • Does the school have a particular curriculum focus?
  • If the school does IB, what are the average scores? Does every student take IB?
  • If the school focuses on SAT or ACT, what are the average scores?
  • Where do students go after they graduate? Do you have a list of acceptances.
  • Is college counseling and support available?
  • What extracurricular activities are popular? Sports?