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Don't forget to include size on your list of criteria when choosing a school for your child. We provide some insight into choosing a small or large school.


Finding the Ideal School Size: Big Schools vs. Small Schools

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 sizelarge, small or somewhere in betweenwill 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:

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Large School

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.

While choosing the right private school for your child is a daunting task, it's not impossible! For more tips to help you make the ideal choice, visit: /blog/tips-on-finding-the-right-private-school-14243/.
 

Child-specific advice on choosing a big vs. small school
Read our child-specific insights on choosing the right school. This includes our guide to big and small schools. We explore how choosing the right type of school crucially depends on kids' unique traits, such as their mental and academic focussocial tendencies,  and activity level.

To customize over 350 school profiles with insights unique to your child's traits, create a child profile through an Our Kids user account.

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