Defining Your Ideal School


How to assess a school

My child's school is fine. Yours stinks.

Learn how optimism bias may skew how you evaluate your child's education.

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How important is school size?

Which is better? Big or small? It all depends on what's a good fit for your child.

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Resources for choosing schools

Need help choosing schools? Check these resources to help simplify the process.

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Considering family needs and values

Your family's values, preferences, and practical concerns are important factors to consider when choosing a school.

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Seven facts about charter schools

Tempted to go charter? Keep these facts and factors in mind when researching your educational options.

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Traditional school alternatives

Learn about different types of schools, with distinctive philosophies and curriculum, including Montessori, Waldorf and International Baccalaureate.

Academics & Activities

Excellent school: A profile

What makes a school outstanding? At this high-performing, highly lauded charter, the golden rule is: Teachers are tops.

Media Matters

Should kids learn online?

Weigh the pros and cons of leaving the analog classroom behind with these seven tips.

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Finding schools for kids with LD

Whether you're moving to a new city or looking for a different kind of school, the resources listed in this article may help you identify options.

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Are charter schools better?

New insights into charter schools: Are they outperforming traditional public schools, or are they failing their students?

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