Tips for Selecting Your Child’s New School After a Move
All parents know that once you have children, their well-being becomes first priority. Providing food, clothing, and shelter are just a few of the responsibilities parents have. Children need regular medical and dental checkups, plenty of physical activity, and their parents’ encouragement to develop properly.
One of the most important parental concerns you have is choosing the right school for your child, especially after moving into a new neighborhood.
While parents have differing ideas about the dynamics of public versus private schools, all would agree that finding a school where their children are motivated to learn and achieve is ideal. Principals and administrators are one of the most important aspects of a school, because they are with whom all things begin and end. Teachers must know how to relate to children and inspire students to learn. Every child is full of potential and it is up to both the parents and the school faculty to bring out that potential.
Whether you are thinking about elementary school, high school, or college, parents, teachers, and the resources of the school all play roles in a child’s education. Where you live, also, has a lot to do with whether or not your child will get the best education. If you happen to live in a not-so-great school district where curriculum standards are lacking, it may be time to explore other options.
Find an Apartment
The decision to move is never an easy one. You may have established roots in a community and your job may be conveniently located near your home. However, finding apartments listings across town so your child can get the best education possible is something to consider. If one parent cannot move because of job limitations, the other parent may be able to temporarily move with the child into an apartment close to the new school.
What Type of Apartment Can You Afford?
If you choose to obtain a new residence, it is important to find a relatively inexpensive apartment that will provide adequate shelter and be in the school district that you prefer your child to attend. It does not particularly matter if you can only afford a small one or two bedroom place, just as long as it can comfortably accommodate you and your child.
The School and the Teachers
You should do as much research as possible into the school you are considering for your child. The process includes surveying the neighborhood, talking with the principal and some of the faculty members, and asking a lot of questions. Of course, you’ll want to know the basics, such as the courses offered and the success rate of students. You’ll be able to get a good idea of any educational institution’s quality by not only talking to the administrators and teachers, but by asking to observe an actual class or two. While some school administrators might be hesitant to approve this request, most will happily arrange for you to see firsthand how the teachers interact with the students. Private schools especially go out of their way to educate parents on the features of their school. Public schools depend on your tax dollars so you’re entitled to answers regarding your child’s future.
Colleges and Universities
If you need to find an apartment in a college town to be close to your son or daughter, there are a number of ways to approach the situation. Most college towns have an extensive collection of apartment buildings that cater to college students’ budgets. They also have private homes with owners who rent to students during the school year. You can find listings in local newspapers, campus newspapers, or websites that list local apartment rentals.
Staying on a Budget
If you are on a budget for housing, you can keep your costs down by encouraging your child to share an apartment with one or more roommates. In addition, it can be beneficial for students to have roommates who are also students; they can study together and help each other cope with life away from home.
This guest post was written and provided by Martha Keagan who is a freelance writer, full time mother and part time local apartment rentals broker.