What Should I
While the following is not all
encompassing, it should give you a start. We
encourage you to visit us, observe, and pose
questions to us as well as one or two other
quality schools in the area.
- What does the
classroom environment look like?
should be bright, warm, and inviting. The
best environments are filled with plants,
art, music, and books. Classrooms should be
equipped with intriguing learning materials,
mathematical models, science apparatus and
projects, maps, charts, and have an art
- How do the
students act and interact amongst themselves
and with the teacher?
should clearly seem to feel at ease as they
select and pursue independent and group
- How are the
curriculum areas organized and what do they
classrooms - or any other classroom for that
matter - should be organized into several
areas that include: language arts (reading,
literature, grammar, creative writing,
spelling, and handwriting); mathematics and
geometry; everyday living skills;
sensory-awareness exercises and puzzles;
geography, history, science, art, music, and
movement. In some cases, areas such as music
may be in a separate room - just make sure
the school makes the key curriculum areas
readily available to each child.
- What are the
environments reflect a diversity and a
balance in gender, ages, ethnic backgrounds
and socioeconomic statuses.
- What is the
student to teacher ration?
ability to maintain a relatively low student
to teacher ratio is a key indicator of the
quality of the educational environment.
Visit the schools you are considering and
not only observe the student to teacher
ratio, but the quality and time of the
interaction between the teachers and the
- What are the
qualifications of the teaching staff?
Verify that the
staff hold credentials that are age
appropriate for the students in the