Now is the time of year when private schools are holding orientations, open houses, and offering weekly tours for the upcoming school year.
If you are considering enrolling your child in private school for the very first time, there are some things that you must consider before doing so.
Searching for the right school can be both time-consuming and stressful. There are several factors that parents must consider when making this very important decision.
Cost - With so much uncertainty within the job market, parents must stay within their budgets and make provisions for a decrease or loss of income. Many schools offer financial aid. Check each school's website or the Georgia Department of Education's website for more information.
Location - There are many private schools throughout the Atlanta metropolitan area, so it is very likely that parents will have to make their own transportation arrangements. Some schools can help with carpooling and others even offer bus service if several students live within the same area.
Curriculum and Accreditation - For most parents, this is the number one reason why they decide to send their children to private schools. Parents still need to investigate. They can browse the school's website to get information about the curriculum. They can schedule a tour during the regular school day. Parents can also find out what accreditations the school may hold.
Special Programs - Parents need to see what kinds of "special programs" private schools offer. Inquire to see if they offer a full range of athletics, music, art or drama programs, and other extracurricular activities. Parents with special needs children need to find a school that can accommodate their child and provide special services.
Type of private school - Some parents choose a private school because it is a religious school or secular.
Get started immediately because by this time of year, spaces are quickly filling up and your child could end up on a waiting list.