The Most Common Pitfalls Parents Should Avoid When Choosing a School
Here are some of the most common parent pitfalls to avoid when researching, exploring, and enrolling your child(ren) in school.
Now is not the time to sit back and let things happen. Your child needs your help, your knowledge, and your expertise to find a place where they can thrive and be happy. Taking the time to explore your options can make all the difference in your child’s academic and social development. We know this is easier said than done, and the school exploration process takes valuable time – but do your best to get in the game.
LOOKING FOR THE “PERFECT” SCHOOL
No school will have everything you are looking for. Keep in mind that every school will have some pros and cons. It is simply unrealistic to expect a school to check ALL of your family’s boxes. Be willing to accept and tolerate some imperfections or things that may seem less than ideal – because trying to find the “perfect” school will leave you frustrated. . Children grow and change, and families evolve over time. Don’t obsess about looking too far down the road – choose for NOW.
CHOOSING A SCHOOL SOLELY BASED ON REPUTATION, PRESTIGE, OR NAME
Word of mouth is the most common way families gather input and information about schools. While asking family and friends can be a valuable tool for you as a parent, it is important to remember that these are the opinions and experiences of another child and another family. Reviews from those you trust are valuable but form your own independent opinions.
SELECTING A SCHOOL WITHOUT VISITING OR TOURING THE SCHOOL
A school tour is perhaps the most important tool in a parent’s pocket. Visiting the campus and allowing your child to do so will give your family the best indication of whether this school is a good fit. You will gain a perspective that you simply cannot get from a website, email, or phone call.
WHEN YOU TAKE YOUR TOUR… be prepared to ask some good questions. Click here for questions to ask on a school tour. We have broken them down for you by school type, grade level, and topic.
IF YOU CAN’T TAKE A TOUR… the next best thing is to attend any district or citywide school fairs or events to talk with and meet schools. Please visit our School Enrollment Events Calendar to stay up to date on Tucson enrollment events.
BEING UNAWARE OF ADMISSION AND ENROLLMENT DEADLINES
THIS INCLUDES PUBLIC MAGNET AND PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOLS!
It is important for parents to understand that certain schools may be in high demand and require an application in the fall. This can apply to all types of schools (district public schools, charter schools, and private schools). There are many public options that are competitive, highly popular, and simply don’t have enough room for all the students who want to attend. Some schools will have 1st round admissions deadlines and then, if there is still capacity – they will offer a 2nd round in early spring.
Look for local school fairs or school/district open houses to learn more about your schools. Please visit our School Enrollment Events Calendar to stay up to date on Tucson enrollment events.