Things To Consider: Creating a Wish ListApr. 24th, 2015 2:36 pm
So, you have made the decision to enroll your child in a Catholic school. Whether your child is entering kindergarten, transferring into one of our Catholic elementary schools, or is moving on to high school, choosing the best option is very important.
Creating a wish list can be an instrumental first step in this monumental decision process. Here are a few things to talk about and think over with your child about which school best suits both the needs of the child, and your personal desires for him or her.
School Enrollment- What school size fits best for your child -large or small?
School Philosophy- By visiting a specific Catholic school you will have the opportunity to get a sense of the culture of the school. Does the school culture meet your child's needs? Does the principal share your same or similar philosophies and family values? How often is Mass? What types of service learning opportunities are the children exposed to?
Extracurricular Activities- Consider your child's current interests, and prospective interests, and examine the attention toward these specific interests that this school represents. (The arts, sports, leadership technology, etc.)
Diversity-Examine your personal preferences of cultural diversity amongst students and staff. Would you prefer your child to go to a school with more or less cultural diversity?
Academic Curriculum- Examine your child's needs and potential, and what type of expectations you have for academic performance/curriculum. Does the school offer mentoring or tutoring if a child needs extra help? How and how often do you communicate with parents with what's happening with your child or the school in general (newsletter, text, email, school site visit)?
Parent Involvement - How active is the school's HSA/parent group? Besides the HSA, how else can parents be involved with the activities in the school?Creating your own wish list for your student can be a big help in taking the first steps in choosing which Catholic school in WNY best suits your prospective student. It enables you to know the right questions to ask when the time comes to speak with school faculty and administrators.