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Choosing a School

The best private school is the one that fits your child’s needs

Picking a school for your child involves juggling competing priorities and considerations. These can range from the practical (“Is this school on my way to work? Can we afford to pay the tuition? Is after-school care provided?”) to the lofty (“Does the school reflect my family’s values and perspectives on education and child development, and fit with my child’s unique learning needs? Will this school give my child a leg up?”).

This guide helps you identify, categorize, and prioritize these considerations, and helps you maximize your time spent researching and contacting prospective schools.

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Parents' step-by-step guide to choosing the right school

Many parents face the challenge of choosing a school that's right for their child.

With so many schools offering different environments, teaching styles and philosophies, the experience can feel overwhelming. For Barbi Benjamin Levitt and Michael Levitt, the decision to move their daughter, and later their son, out... [Read More]

Must Read: Five steps to choosing the perfect school

Searching for the right school is not a sprint; it’s a marathon, requiring committed preparation. Luckily, parents are not alone. Follow this guide, step by step. And if the road gets rocky, keep your eye on the finish line—your child’s future.While finding the right house is all about location, locat... [Read More]

Questions to ask private schools

Are you considering private school for your child? If so, you’ll want to take a close look at your options.

It’s important to visit many different schools and talk with school officials, such as directors, teachers, and other staff. You’ll want to ask them plenty of questions, to help you find the righ... [Read More]

Private school expos

The Private School Expos are far and away the highlight of our year, a welcome opportunity to step away from the office and engage with the people—educators, parents, students— who make private schooling so compelling. We think we live in a connected world, and perhaps we do. Still, the expos are a reminder... [Read More]

Private school rankings and ratings

Private school ranking or rating is a controversial issue that keeps cropping up year after year. Parents are often looking for an easy list that will tell them "the right school for their child." However, every expert on education says that such short cuts are a big mistake.... [Read More]

Factors in finding the right school: curriculum

A crucial factor in picking a school is its curriculum. “Curriculum” refers to both what is taught and how it’s taught.

When considering the different curricula outlined below, keep in mind that few schools fall neatly into one category. Most schools’ curricula comprise a blend of best practices... [Read More]

Factors in finding the right school: living arrangements

If you have an older child in private school, it's important to decide whether boarding or day school is right for them. There are benefits to both, and many schools offer both boarding and day options.

Readiness for boarding school depends on yourchild’s maturity, interests, and goals. While schools will requ... [Read More]

Factors in finding the right school: gender

The first private schools in Canada reflected the gender roles of the time. They were meantto educate boys for political and military life. As times changed, so did the goals of schools.

Many new schools, especially those founded in the mid- to late-20th century, have been coedsince their inception. Likewise, many older... [Read More]

The school visit

Most private and independent schools welcome the opportunity to provide you with a tour of their school. This step is one of the most important in choosing a school and should be conducted after you have visited private school expos, researched all possible schools and gone to open houses.... [Read More]

Feature: Choosing the right school

You've decided to send your child to a school outside the public school system. It was an agonizing choice based on family finances, debates about the merits of public versus private education and a desire to do the best you possibly can for your child's future. A tough choice, but you feel good about it and no... [Read More]

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