Crash course in choosing an elementary school

Choosing an elementary school? Our parent's guide includes elementary school options, what to ask — and a printable school tour checklist.
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What’s a language-based school?
Understanding what a language-based school is all about can seem like learning a new language itself. In plain English, here’s what you should know.

10 key questions to ask when choosing an elementary school
Don’t decide on an elementary school before getting the answers to these key questions!

The 3 biggest pitfalls in picking an elementary school
Want to find the right school for your child? Avoid these common mistakes parents make when trying to choose the best educational experience.

Free printable school tour checklist!

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