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Insider tricks for assessing preschools

Our resident school-choice expert offers deal-breakers and red flags on assessing preschools from a distance.

How to choose the right high school

Learn the three things to look for in a great high school.

How important is class size?

Class size is one of many factors to consider when choosing or evaluating a school.

Switch schools or stay?

One mother grapples with transferring her kindergarten daughter to a new school.

A guide to private schools

In the world of school choice, private schools are a viable option (even when you think it's not).

Crash course on choosing a high school

Ready to pick a high school? Here's your go-to guide, including insider tips on touring, out-of-the norm high schools (IB, single sex, and vocational), and 10 questions to ask.

Crash course for choosing a middle school

Turbo-charge your middle school search with this roundup of what you need to know - from dirty little school tour secrets to the most essential questions you can ask.

Crash course for choosing an elementary school

Searching for an elementary school? This all-in-one user's guide gives you the lowdown on school choices, key questions to ask, and a printable tour checklist.

The top-five reasons to avoid a high school

High schools don't post banners announcing when they are failing. So how are parents supposed to know which ones aren't doing their job?

The mystery of Renaissance Academy

What magic formula makes this school succeed where so many others fail?