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The Best First Step: Choosing the Right School for Kids

The right school can do wonders for a child. Well-funded schools with passionate teachers and dynamic subjects can help with the holistic development of students. Their individual talents could also shine if put in the right school environment. Social networks in schools will also give them the leg up when they need connections down the line.

So, what type of school fits you and your child’s goals? Learn about your options.

Public and Charter School

Public schools, as what they are known outside of the United Kingdom, refer to government-funded educational institutions. In the United States, public schools are divided by districts that consider a student’s address. Regular public schools are popular because of their free tuition. Scholarships are offered to international students who want to study in U.S. high schools. Public schools are also what people regularly see in television shows and movies.

Charter schools are still funded by the government. They differ from regular public schools in terms of their finances and operates independently of the school district they operate in. Rules that govern charter schools are based on their contract or “charter,” which states their academic goals, accountability guidelines, budget, and other factors.

International School

An international school follows the educational standards of a certain country outside of the one it is based in. Enrollment to an international school implies that the parent, typically an expat or diplomat, wants their child to be educated according to their home country’s standard.

An example would be a child of an American or British citizen whose family is temporarily based in the Philippines. Their parent may want them educated in an international school aligned with the United States and the UK curriculum. This preference may be based on the fact that their parent wishes them to acclimate better to the school they’ll be transferred into when their family moves back to America.

Credits earned in an international school must be transferable across other international schools. Student bodies must be multinational and multilingual. The curriculum must follow international standards and the schools, in general, must be internationally accredited.

Art School

Arts-based schools focus on all manners of arts. Primary, secondary, and tertiary-level students who are inclined towards the visual and performance arts, liberal arts, and sciences may opt to enroll in an art school. All basic subjects are still covered by art schools, but there is a heavy emphasis on a student’s chosen art track.

Oftentimes, students are exposed to all art tracks available at school. During these studies, they are taught critical thinking skills, effective communication, deep empathy, and other soft skills in addition to theory. Older students typically focus on their chosen track for half of their time at school.

Boarding School

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Private schools that offer lodging options for students are boarding schools. Some boarding schools require stay-in arrangements for their students while others allow students to come in only during classes. Students who stay on campus in dormitories or houses are facilitated after-hours by dorm parents or school staff.

Every day in boarding schools is highly structured. Classes and extracurricular activities are placed highly in the schedule, along with free time. British boarding schools typically accept students from primary to secondary levels. American boarding schools take inspiration from their cousins across the ocean, but follow their K-12 system and accept students in grade 10 and above.

Boarding schools hope to foster confidence and independence in students. By teaching them how to live on their own at an early age, encouraging friendships among other students, and sticking to a highly regimented schedule, boarding schools aim to produce students who are ready for the next chapter of their lives.

Children still need time and attention for their studies and interests from their parents even with the right school. The right guidance from school and their parents ensure that students get all the help they’ll ever need.