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Choosing the right school for your child

If the time has come in your child’s educational journey where you are considering or
committed to finding an independent or private school for them, you’ve come to the
right place. There are many options in and around the Toronto area when choosing a
school. The first consideration is whether or not you are looking for a co-ed or single-sex
school. From there, there are a few more considerations to keep in mind when selecting
the schools you wish to apply to.

1. Zone in on your child’s strengths & needs
When selecting where to apply, two of the most important factors to consider are; do
they have the support my child needs? Do they have the resources (e.g., teams, clubs,
speciality subjects) that will allow my child to explore and grow in their strengths and
interests? Once you’ve narrowed down these areas you will have a better idea of what
school environment you are looking for.

2. Make a list of non-negotiables
This list could be three simple bullet notes, or it could be a longer list. However long your
list is, ensure that the schools meet all this criteria when doing your research. Writing a list
of non-negotiables will keep you in the right direction when considering school
environments. A few examples no more than a 20 minute drive, must have access to
ample outdoor space or opportunities for experiential learning.

3. Think Big Picture
How long will your child attend this school? Are you looking for a school for your child to
go to for K-12, K-8 or is it a bridge school (i.e., is your child going for middle or high
school before post-secondary education)? When you view your school selection in this
lens, you will have a better idea of what you need from the school.

4. Visit the campus
Due to COVID, in-person visits may not be an option but many offer virtual tours or
pre-recorded videos. You and your child should get a feel for the school environment
and if it meets (or exceeds!) your expectations.

5. Bring a list of questions
If you get to the interview portion of the application process, ensure you have a list of
questions to ask the admissions team. Not only does it show your interest in the school,
but shows your commitment to your child’s education.
Whether you are in the midst of the application process or thinking about starting
applications, these are a few areas to consider when selecting a school for your child.
Selecting the right school for your child is one of the best investments you can make for
their future.

The school application and interview process can seem daunting at first, but with the
right support in your corner it will become an enjoyable experience. As an educational
consultant, I work with families throughout the school application process and
transitioning into their new school environment. If you’re wondering how my services
can help your family, email info@reneweducation.ca to book your 15-minute
complimentary discovery call. I would be happy to learn more about your family and
how I can best support you during this exciting time!

– Paige Walker
Owner of Renew Education