Does the school have a syllabus
for each grade level specifying the textbooks used? Are the textbooks
available for your review?
Does the school have an in-house
training program for its teachers, or does it rely on the State?
What is the school's registration
fee/deposit refund policy should you decide not to enroll? Do you
forfeit your deposit?
What is the school's tuition
refund policy should you decide to leave during the school year? Do
you pay a penalty for doing so?
What is the school's total
tuition and fees? Is a donation of time or money expected, and will
you be required to participate in fund-raising activities?
How long is the school year? How
many days do the students actually attend classes?
Is the school independent or is it
subsidized? If it is subsidized, are you comfortable with the source
of the subsidy?
Is the school willing to guarantee
Is the mission statement for the
school clear, succinct and intelligible? Can the principal and
teachers quote it? Is it in harmony with your vision?
Are parents allowed to visit the
school at any time?
Is your visit welcomed by the
administrators and teachers? Are you allowed to visit as many classes
and as long as you wish?
Are the students well-behaved?
Would you want your children to act like them?
Does the school have a dress code
for its students and staff? Look around. Is it enforced? Would you
want your children to dress like them?
Is the school clean? Did you check
the rest rooms?
Is the school in good repair? Did
you look at the playground?
Is the school safe? Could an
unauthorized person access the building or playground?
What happens during outside
recess? Are the teachers actively supervising the children, or do they
congregate and talk while the children play?
Are the teachers on their feet,
actively teaching, or do they sit behind a desk?
Is the principal in the classrooms
everyday, or does he/she direct the school from behind a desk?
Do the students' assignments and
tests require thought and written answers, or are they simply pages
from commercially prepared workbooks?
If the school quotes you a
student-teacher ratio, does it reflect only qualified classroom
teachers, or did the school include aides and ancillary personnel?
What is the composition of the
classes? Are the children grouped closely by ability, or do the
teachers have to divide their attention among a wide range of
Does the school administrator
standardized, independently monitored achievement tests to all
students every year? Are the scores published and available for
Do the children appear happy? Talk
with them. Do you think they enjoy school?