Huntington Learning Center recommends investigating thoroughly because you and your son will spend a lot of time there; know the essential things you must take into account when comparing and evaluating institutions.
Investigate who the parents of the children are. A suggestion is to go in spy plan at the time of entry and exit, to see who enters and leaves the school, what cars they carry, how they are dressed, etc. If you dare, ask other parents what the school is like, why they have their children there, what they like and what they do not. Try to imagine yourself at a meeting or at a birthday party with them. If you are not Catholic, it may not be a good idea to take your child to a Catholic school, and if you do, prepare for the ideological differences between home and school. If you have nothing to do with Germany, Japan or France, it may not be the best idea to put your child in German, Japanese or French, unless you learn the language and culture. Find a school that matches your socioeconomic status and your ethical ideals.
The head of the institution
Meet the principal of the school. He must be a good educator: with a contagious passion for children, that inspires confidence that knows how to communicate well, that does not say vulgarities or barbarities. Or simply, that it gives you a good impression, even if it is subjective or intuitive. If the address is a committee, it is also advisable to know all its members.
The facilities should facilitate learning. There should not be computers and electronic boards in the classrooms, but good light, ventilation and a lot of cleanliness. It is preferable that the building has been built expressly as a school, or if the renovation has been successful. Ask how much they invest in maintenance each year. A reference of what is most valued in that school is to know where they invest: whether to paint the exterior or to fix the bathrooms, for example. If you do not know how to respond, it’s a bad sign.
You have the right to know who your children’s teachers are. Asking for the teachers’ curriculum should not be a problem. Ask about the hiring process, always with delicacy. Another fact that can help you is to know if there is a lot of teacher rotation. With the exception of bicultural schools, in which many teachers are foreigners and come to Mexico to spend a couple of years, it is generally preferable that teachers are those who remain, because their commitment to the community is more personal and transcendent.
That the school is not more than half an hour from your home. Make an account of the hours that you and your child will lose in the six years of primary school if you take an hour to get to school, and another time to return: 2,400, no more, no less.
All teachers from Mexico leave the same place (the Teacher’s Normal). With the exception of Montessori schools, the educational program is more similar than different in all schools. To find out what other programs or extra tools they have, you can ask what books other than the SEP’s are taken by the children, and what type of continuing education the teachers receive (refresher courses, psychology courses, language courses, etc.)
Change of school?
If your child is already “cataloged” as a school failure, if the relationship with teachers is not good, if their grades leave much to be desired, maybe the child is not for that school. That although some schools would never recognize that they cannot handle certain children, and therefore do not recommend the change (the child is also a source of income for the school).
The indicators to think about a change are very clear: some children somatize their discomfort; others flatly tell you that they do not want to go to school, show antisocial behavior, are sad, very nervous or cranky. In this case, the first thing is to consult a specialist-a psychologist specialized in child-rearing. Sometimes the problem is not the school but the parents, but if the doctor establishes that a change can be positive, he looks for a more suitable school. This can sometimes be traumatic, but do not worry: most schools will let your child spend a few days of testing on them.