A good-enough school
How do you choose who will mould your children's minds?
Adele Hamilton, Editor Parent24 (Tammy Gardner)
'They didn't even interview him!'
'They asked for all her projects...'
'The teachers gave me the evil eye...'
It's the time of year when stressed parents and their wide-eyed Grade 7 children make their way around the various high schools, looking for a new home for the next five years. Most of them will be hoping to find one that is not too heinously expensive, but offers a decent education, a variety of cultural activities, and the semblance of decent discipline practises.
How to decide, though? Some children are so adamant about where they want to end up that the parent has to fold or face mutiny. For others it is a painstaking process of weighing the splendid sports facilities at school X against the 100% pass rate of school Y.
It's daunting, and in some ways even more scary than choosing a primary school, as it seems to imply so much about how you perceive your child and what you hope for their future.
Is a good-enough school good enough for your child? How did or will you decide?
Once you've chosen, here are some ideas on how to make the transition to a new school easier, while How is your child smart? may help you find your child's strengths to build on.