How to Find the Best Schools for Your Child

Find the Best Schools How to Find the Best Schools for Your Child

How to Find the Best Schools for Your Child

The needs of each child are different. If you are looking for the best schools for your child, DoNotPay can help.

Every child has different needs when it comes to education. While some kids thrive in large public schools, others do better in small private school environments.

When kids have special needs, such as a learning disability or a physical disability, they need to be in a school that specializes in taking care of those kids. Gifted children should be in a school that offers a curriculum that is challenging enough for them. Children with autism learn best in an environment specific to their needs. When a child becomes troubled and no longer functions well in a regular school environment, schools that specialize in their problems are available to them as well.

The best school for one child is not necessarily the best school for the next. So, how do you find the best schools? Of course, there are other factors to be considered. Do you want your child at a day school or do you want them to attend a boarding school? Is a large public school that has specialized programs enough?

You can do the homework yourself, and you will surely find it to be a tedious and challenging task. The admission requirements can be daunting as can be the prices of some private schools today. If you are having trouble finding the best schools for your children, you can always turn to DoNotPay for assistance.

What Types of Schools are There?

The types of schools begin with schools by grade.

  • Preschool is for children ages three to five and is a precursor to kindergarten.
  • Elementary school is generally Kindergarten through 6th grade.
  • Middle School is for 7th and 8th graders.
  • High School is for 9th through 12th graders.

The most basic classification include:

  • Charter schools
  • Magnet schools
  • Online public schools
  • Private schools
  • Homeschools
  • Alternative schools.

Schools can be public, funded by the city, state, and federal government, or private for-profit institutions. 

When we break down school types by their specialties, we note that there are some public and some private for each classification.

Special Needs School for the DisabledIncorporates handicapped accessible features, allowing children who are physically disabled, no matter what their disability, to be able to learn and socialize with other disabled children
Special Needs School Specailizing in Autism Spectrum DisorderStaffed with highly qualified personnel, in small classes where there can be one-on-one teaching ratio
School for Gifted StudentsOffers accelerated curriculum and smaller classes. These kids need to be challenged. At the higher grade levels, preparing them for college and even offering college courses while they are still at the high school level are common.
Reform Schools and Alternative SchoolsMainly for troubled kids and children with disciplinary problems who tend to be too disruptive for mainstream schooling

You definitely have many options for schools for your children and should be able to find one that fits their educational needs.

What to Look For in Schools

There are several different parameters to look for in schools, such as:

Cost of TuitionIs the tuition within your budget? If not, are there scholarships available?
Teacher-Student Ratio and Size of the School in GeneralHow many students does the teacher give attention to at a given time?
Course CurriculumDo they have the courses that will be a good fit for your child's academic needs?
Extracurricular ActivitiesIf your child is gifted in sports or music, does the school offer those programs?
Entry RequirementsDo they require your child to pass an entrance exam?

What Are the Best Types of Schools?

The best type of schools for your children depends on their needs:

Schools for Gifted StudentsMany gifted students can thrive at a private college-preparatory school environment. Most offer the same extracurricular activities as the larger public schools, but courses are more challenging and can hold the attention of the most gifted child. In addition, they offer other extracurricular activities that can appeal to their career aspirations, such as Model UN, Debate teams, Mathletes, Robotics, and others.
Schools for Autistic StudentsSchools that cater to students on the autism spectrum will have a very low teacher-student ratio. Their staff members specialize in caring for their needs. Courses are complemented with occupational therapy to teach them daily tasks, speech therapy to work on their communication skills, and physical therapy to help them physically function better.
Schools for a Three-Year-OldPre-school can help prepare the youngest children for their future life of education. In pre-school, they learn social skills and how to adapt to a classroom environment. While pre-schools are not considered to be mandatory, sending your child to pre-school will prepare them for their future.

How to Find the Best Schools on Your Own

To find the best schools on your own, you can try the following: 

  1. Talk to your friends and neighbors to find out where their children attend school.
  2. Talk to your pediatrician.
  3. As the local public schools for their recommendations.
  4. Do online searches and check on reviews.
  5. Narrow down your choices.
  6. Take a tour of the schools you are considering.
  7. Meet with the principal of the schools you are considering.
  8. Make arrangements for your child to also meet with the principal and take a tour.
  9. Schedule entrance exams when appropriate.
  10. Apply to your top schools.
  11. Wait for acceptance.

Next Steps if You Cannot Find the Best Schools on Your Own

When you have trouble finding the best schools on your own, you might consider other steps such as:

  • Google searches
  • Talk to local colleges and find out what they consider the best schools for the lower grades.
  • Contact DoNotPay for help.

How to Find the Best Schools with DoNotPay

If you want to find the best schools in your area but don't know where to start, DoNotPay has you covered in 4 easy steps:

  1. Go to the Best Schools Search product on DoNotPay.

     

  2. Let us guide you through the different priorities you can filter by, including whether you're looking for a private school vs. public school, your ideal student to teacher ratio, and what grade level you are looking for.

     

  3. Tell us how you want us to rank the results (by what's most important to you!) Some examples include, best schools overall, most diverse, best teachers, etc.

     

  4. Enter the search area you want to search in for. The wider the area, the more schools we can match you with.

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