Choosing a School: Considering Family Needs and Values
Your family's values, preferences and practical concerns are important factors to consider when choosing a school.
What Matters for Matching My Family to a School
Which of your family's wants and needs matter most for choosing a school? Which willaffect your family's life and goals greatly, and which are really low-priorityafterthoughts? Which needs must be met at school, and which are better met at home andelsewhere? What will the impact be on your child and family when school is not a perfectfit with your family?
Focus on the Four Fit Factors
Fortunately, we can focus on a limited number of factors that determine how well aschool fits a family. As we've talked to parents about their school choices, these are theissues that come up again and again, the ones that truly make a difference when it comesto finding a school that fits. We have taken all of these considerations and sorted theminto four Fit Factors. These Fit Factors are simply a way of organizing your family'smany needs in a way useful for finding a school that meets them. The Four Fit Factors for families are:
What Your Child Learns:
These are aspects of your family that affect what subjectsand at what level of difficulty your child should be taught at school. These include your