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After deciding to send your child to a Christian private school, you’ll have to sift through your options to find the best choice. While this may seem overwhelming, asking questions to each of the schools can help you narrow down the list of Christian schools you’re interested in. Those questions found below will give you the most insight so you can make a more informed decision.

1. Who Governs the School and How is it Operated?

Private schools can be governed by many different parties, including a board of directors, owner/operator, and school director. It’s essential to ask this question so you understand who is responsible for making individual decisions and who you would talk to if questions or concerns arise. You’ll also want to ask if the school is non-profit, not-for-profit, or for-profit so you know how it’s funded. 

2. How Big are Class Sizes?

If you would like your child to have more time with teachers, so they receive more personalized education, then class size is essential. Asking about the student-to-teacher ratio can also give you a better idea of the engagement your child will likely receive as they learn. If you think your child needs special attention, you may also want to ask about individualized learning plans and teacher assistants.

3. Can You Tell Me About the Curriculum?

How material is taught and what is taught can vary significantly with each school, which is why finding a Christian lower school or even one for older kids can be challenging. However, most schools are open with whether they pass curriculum standards and how their approach works when discussing enrollment with new students and their parents.

4. What Kind of Students are You Looking to Enroll?

Every school is different, which means some might be looking to enroll sports-focused children while others are looking for those who are more interested in the arts. One great way to understand what type of student a school is looking to enroll is by asking them what their model student would look like. From there, you’ll know whether your child is a good fit.

5. How Much are Parents Expected to be Involved?

The answer to this question should give you more information about how much you’re expected to volunteer or whether they should be a part of the parent committee. In addition to this, the answer should also give you an idea of how many events parents can expect to attend at the school, how often they’ll communicate with teachers, and what opportunities there are for regular community involvement.

6. What Technology is Used?

Whether you’re looking at a Christian private high school or an establishment for younger kids, technology is something that you’ll commonly see integrated into the classroom. However, some schools will have more tech available than others. By learning about the use of technology within the school, you’ll know how these tools can enhance your child’s learning experience.

7. How is Student Achievement Measured?

It’s crucial for schools to track student progress so you’re aware of any areas that may need work as they arise. How individual progress is tracked will vary greatly, as some schools will keep track of grades while others will measure using other benchmarks and analysis techniques.

8. What Qualifies Your Teachers to Work Here?

Every school should be open to discussing the credentials and training that are required for their teachers. However, you may want to ask more in-depth questions to learn how teachers continue their education and self-development to help their students in the classroom better.

9. What are the Beliefs and Values of the School?

To understand the beliefs of a school, you should ask about their values, their mission statement, and how the different elements of their philosophy are implemented within the classroom. These values and beliefs should align with yours to ensure you’ll have a pleasant experience working with them while your child is in attendance.

10. What’s the Price of Tuition?

The tuition for each school will be different, so this is a question you must ask. It’s also important to ask about extra costs you can expect to take on, such as school supplies, activities, field trips, and textbooks.

11. How is Daily Life for Students?

It’s vital for students to have a positive experience as they go to school. By asking this question, you can learn how the school builds student relationships and how they help students manage social or behavioral problems.

12. What Type of Extracurricular Activities are Students Offered?

By knowing more about the extracurricular activities offered, you can determine if your child will find a club, program, or sport that taps into their individual needs and interests.

Making Your Decision

From the overall cost to the curriculum and values, there’s a lot to consider when choosing a private school for your child. While asking questions may take time and effort, it’s worth it so you can learn the differentiating qualities of each. This will ensure you find a great fit, so your child has the best education and experience possible.