You have to ask yourself, which qualities really matter when it comes to choosing a school? Start your search for the best school by thinking about what you want your child to achieve at school.
Here are different types of schools that might be a fit for your child:
Montessori is a method of education that focuses on child-centered learning which involves self-directed activity, hands-on learning and collaborative play. It’s the type of school that allows children to work at their own pace and work through different ideas and activities. Studies have shown that children in a Montessori school are at a higher academic level than students at a traditional school.
If you think your child needs individualised learning, this might be the perfect fit. According to educational and developmental psychologist, Alina Kirievsky, this is the type of child that would benefit from a Montessori school: “A child who doesn’t like to compete with others, who may be feeling anxious about performance, have delays in certain areas and strengths in the others, or a child that needs a slower pace to learn.”
Traditional Public School
Public schools are available to everyone. They get their financing from local, state, and federal government funds. In most cases, the school must admit all students who live within the borders of their district. If you want your children to follow a curriculum dictated by the state and local district, and get to know people from every corner of your community, public school is a great way of achieving that.
Charter schools are independently operated public schools started by parents, teachers, community organizations, and for-profit companies. Charter schools have more freedom than traditional public schools as they allow parents, teachers and others the flexibility to innovate, create and provide students with more educational options. Certain charter schools sometimes specialize in a particular area, such as technology or arts.
A Magnet school is another type of public school. However, unlike traditional public schools, they can be highly competitive and highly selective. The school usually focuses on a specific subject, such as technology, science, or the arts. Magnet schools promote a higher level of cognitive and social learning, as they generally look for students from diverse social, ethnic, economic, and racial backgrounds.
Special Education School
Special education schools focus on children who have special needs, like autism spectrum disorder, slower processing speeds, speech or language impairment, and ADHD. These schools have staff and programs that are better equipped to meet the students’ specialized learning needs. Children with special needs require more accommodation and attention than the traditional school system can provide.
If you don’t have access to a quality private school and want your child to get individual attention, homeschooling might be the option for you. There are about 2.04 million students being homeschooled in America. Parents can either create their own curriculum, use materials produced by companies specializing in homeschool materials, or make use of virtual school programs.
No matter what school you choose for your child, make sure they also get the stimulation they need at home. Miniland educational toys gives your children the opportunity to get a balanced learning experience, through a combination of real-time, traditional play—combined with the digital tools that will make learning more exciting and engaging. If you have any more questions or queries, please contact us, or have a look at our blog for more inspiration for parents and teachers.