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Focusing on your child in your school search

How your child's traits are important to finding the right school

It hardly requires emphasis: when choosing a school make sure you focus on your child. Reflect on their most critical traits and how these impact their ability to function in various school environments. 

Here, we help you with your child-focused approach to finding the right school. Below, access detailed reports on what your child’s possession of certain traits can tell you about their suitability for several school types (e.g., big, small, coed, boys', girls', coed, boarding, Montessori, Reggio Emilia, IB, and language immersion schools).

To learn about how to choose the right school in general, read the Our Kids’ step-by-step advice guide and our expert tips. To get school-choice advice customized to your child's unique traits, create a child profile through your user account

child trait insights


Mental Focus

  • Highly focused kids are good at sustaining their concentration: they normally find it a breeze to focus in class, sustain their focus, and key in on their studies.
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  • Distractible kids often struggle to sustain their concentration in school. They find it challenging to focus for long periods of time and follow what’s going on in class.
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Academic Focus

  • Intensively academically-focused kids are very eager students. They enjoy school, are keen to learn, and are academically ambitious.
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  • Less academically-focused kids aren’t especially keen on learning or focused on school. Academic achievement isn’t a major goal for them: they’re not obsessed with grades or how they compare with their peers.
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  • Extroverted kids are outgoing. They’re more social and talkative, and enjoy interacting with their peers (and sometimes teachers) in class.
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  • Introverted kids are on the shy side. They tend to be quiet in class, rarely speaking up or initiating interaction with their peers (and sometimes teachers).
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Physical activity level

  • Very physically active kids are highly energetic. They like to move around a lot inside the classroom and out.
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  • Less physically active kids are more sedentary. They tend to move around less in the classroom and out.
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  • Arts-oriented kids are passionate about the arts, whether it’s the performing arts, visual arts, or both. They really enjoy arts education and are eager to pursue more in-depth studies.
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  • STEM-oriented kids are passionate about at least two STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). They really enjoy STEM education and are eager to pursue more in-depth studies.
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  • Gifted students are very high-ability learners. They test higher than the 98th or 99th percentile in terms of learning abilities.
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  • Kids with special needs have intellectual, communicational, behavioural, physical, or multiple exceptionalities.
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  • Kids with learning disabilities have one or more disorders which may affect the acquisition, organization, retention, understanding, or use of verbal or non-verbal information.
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  • Kids with social, emotional, or behavioural issues may or may not have a disorder. They do, though, have serious challenges which can adversely affect their relationships in school and out, and lead to problems with concentration, emotional regulation, impulse control, and other issues.
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Learning style

  • Conventional learners tend to prefer a traditional learning approach. This often includes whole-class lectures, teacher-led instruction, pre-planned units, plenty of structure, and objective modes of assessment (such as grades).
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  • Unconventional learners tend to march to the beat of their own drum. They often prefer individualized and experiential learning, independent and small group work, and varied teaching and assessment approaches.
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Learning preference

  • Independent learners often prefer to work on their own. They tend to enjoy individualized, student-focused learning, with lots of opportunities to explore their interests in class and out.
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  • Collaborative learners enjoy group learning. They often like to work with others in class, interact with their peers, and collaborate on projects, assignments, and other school work.
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