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Choosing a School

The best private school is the one that fits your child’s needs

Picking a school for your child involves juggling competing priorities and considerations. These can range from the practical (“Is this school on my way to work? Can we afford to pay the tuition? Is after-school care provided?”) to the lofty (“Does the school reflect my family’s values and perspectives on education and child development, and fit with my child’s unique learning needs? Will this school give my child a leg up?”).

This guide helps you identify, categorize, and prioritize these considerations, and helps you maximize your time spent researching and contacting prospective schools.


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Parents' step-by-step guide to choosing the right school


Many parents face the challenge of choosing a school that's right for their child.

With so many schools offering different environments, teaching styles and philosophies, the experience can feel overwhelming. For Barbi Benjamin Levitt and Michael Levitt, the decision to move their daughter, and later their son, out... [Read More]


Questions to ask private schools


Are you considering private school for your child? If so, you’ll want to take a close look at your options.

It’s important to visit many different schools and talk with school officials, such as directors, teachers, and other staff. You’ll want to ask them plenty of questions, to help you find the righ... [Read More]


Must Read: Five steps to choosing the perfect school


Searching for the right school is not a sprint; it’s a marathon, requiring committed preparation. Luckily, parents are not alone. Follow this guide, step by step. And if the road gets rocky, keep your eye on the finish line—your child’s future.While finding the right house is all about location, locat... [Read More]


Choosing a school: expert insights


Choosing a school for your child is a big decision. On OurKids.net, we provide all the information you need on this decision. We also bring experts to you at the annual fall private school expos.If you've shortlisted and are calling/visiting schools now, be sure to read thesequestions to ask private schools.... [Read More]


Choosing a school: parent interviews


Choosing a school for your child is a big decision. On OurKids.net, we provide all the information you need on this decision. We also cover related topics such as private school expos and questions to ask private schools.... [Read More]


Five tips on finding the right school


Many families in Canada are turning to private and independent education. With so many options to choice from, this decision can be overwhelming. Here we provide you with our core advice on find the right school for your child, in the form of five tips.To learn more about choosing a school, read our expert advice guide... [Read More]


Private school expos


The Private School Expos are far and away the highlight of our year, a welcome opportunity to step away from the office and engage with the people—educators, parents, students— who make private schooling so compelling. We think we live in a connected world, and perhaps we do. Still, the expos are a reminder... [Read More]


Private school rankings and ratings


Private school ranking or rating is a controversial issue that keeps cropping up year after year. Parents are often looking for an easy list that will tell them "the right school for their child." However, every expert on education says that such short cuts are a big mistake.... [Read More]


The school visit


Most private and independent schools welcome the opportunity to provide you with a tour of their school. This step is one of the most important in choosing a school and should be conducted after you have visited private school expos, researched all possible schools and gone to open houses.... [Read More]


Choosing a school: what to look for


We provide all the information you need on choosing a school on OurKids.net. Here we focus on what to lookfor in a school. We asked education experts to weigh in on this question. What follows are numerous valuable insights.For expert advice on a wide range of questions related to choosing a school, read our comprehens... [Read More]


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