Tips for Picking the Right School for Your Child

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Does your child need a new school?  And how can you help your child start the school year strong?

Kellye Crockett, director of Marketing and Admissions at Barstow School, a private school in Kansas City, Missouri, offered this advice on the FOX 4 Morning Show.

It may not be too late to choose a new school for this year, and it's not too early to shop a new school for next year. Most private schools start their admissions process in the fall for the following school year, but if they have openings, they want to fill those.

To find a new school that's a good fit, look online.  Even if the website says enrollment is full, call and ask. If they have openings they will be happy to help you.

Take a tour of the school.  You want to get a good feel of the atmosphere and attitude on the campus.  Don't take your elementary or preschool child along so that you can focus on your questions.

Take along a high school aged child and use your judgement with a middle schooler.

Talk with other parents if you can.

Don't rule out a school because of cost. Financial aid and scholarships are available.  If you want them and they want you, they will try to help.

Most importantly, trust your gut feeling.

Start making changes now to help your family start the school year strong.

First, get back on a good sleep schedule.  Start backing up bedtime by 15 minutes a night until you're back on schedule. Good sleep is not just for younger children, it's especially important for teens.

Get back into the school routine by making changes in steps, not all at once. If you have a child starting at a new school, expect a period of transition, sometimes as long as a month.

It helps to take part in beginning-of-the-year acitivies:  open house, orientation, back to school parties.
Be patient with your child and yourself.  Remember the whole family's making a transition.

And parents, remember to take care of yourself too.

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