Finding the right private school for your child will take equal parts research, patience, and honest assessment, plus prioritization of your child's needs and your requirements. Among various criteria to consider, school size is critical. School size–large, small or somewhere in between–will figure heavily into your child's success in a new environment.
Once you have conducted research on various schools, going on tours of your top choices will give you and your child a better sense of the school size most suitable to him or her.
Among essential questions asked while on tour should be: What is the student-to-teacher ratio and what is the maximum class size? Once assured that class size is controlled to ensure adequate attention, you can then assess how ideal the size of the school on a whole is for your child.
Consider the following possible advantages of each school size when making your choice:
In the end, the choice of a small school or a large one comes down to personal preference and expectations. Further illustrating the value of private school on the whole is Adam, who has found his small school, Royal St. George's College, invaluable in providing career and academic guidance, and several students from Upper Canada College, a larger private school, who had the opportunity to travel to Kenya to teach using the One Laptop Per Child computer.
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