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Video: A guide to private schools
Video: How to find a middle school
By Valle Dwight
Even with all the myths debunked, the reality is that no school — public or private — can be all things to all people. The most important factor in deciding the best school always comes down to one thing: the best match for your family and your child.
Things to consider about public schools:
If you live in a small town, you might not have a choice of schools; but even still, it’s important to do your homework. Visit each classroom in your child’s grade to get a sense of the different teachers and visit a couple of the upper-grade classes, too. Also, talk to other parents to get a sense of the school’s culture, its strengths, and which teachers to avoid.
If you live in a larger district that offers a choice of schools, you have a bigger job to find the best fit for your child.
The best way to know if a school is right for your child is by visiting it yourself. Talk to people you know whose children attend, or have attended, the school in question. Weigh the pros and cons of a school you are considering and make sure you can answer the question: Is this school right for my child?
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