School Choice Comparison Worksheet by @yolandanichole
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Child IdentityChild 1Child IdentityChild 2
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NameName
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Favorite InterestsFavorite Interests
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Strongest Traits & TalentsStrongest Traits & Talents
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Primary StrugglesPrimary Struggles
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Potential Learning StylePotential Learning Style
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How do you best manage his/her behavior? How do you best manage his/her behavior?
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Special NeedsSpecial Needs
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Family IdentityPriority in Search
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(with 1 as highest)
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Communication: What is your best method of contact with others? How important is it for your child's teacher and others at the school to maintain contact this way?
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Transportation: Will you be able to transport your child to and from school? Will you need access to a bus, carpool or other form of transportation? Can the school provide access in one of these ways? If your child is in daycare with an afterschool program, will you utilize this? Does this program have transportation?
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Supplemental Care: Do you need access to before and after school care? Can you afford a nanny to support caregiving outside of school? Are you open to a care co-op with other parents? (also see transportation question)
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Participation: How active will you be in your child's classroom and school? Is it important for you to participate beyond the classroom (PTA, School Committee, School Board, Substitute Teach)?
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Academics: Do you wish for your child to have a specific academic experience? Are you able and/or willing to supplement academics with tutoring by you or a third party, if necessary? Is this important to you in elementary school? Middle school? High school?
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Calendar: Would your family's schedule work best with a year-round (4 quarters with 9 weeks of school and 3 week intersession and 6 week summer intersession) or traditional (9 months of consistent school, 3 months of summer break) school calendar?
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Supplemental Care: Do you need access to before and after school care? Can you afford a nanny to support caregiving outside of school? Are you open to a care co-op with other parents? (also see transportation question)
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Affordability: How much can you afford to pay as tuition for the education you want your child to have? Are you ableto pay for school club participation and other extracurriculur activities? Do you need access to free or reduced lunch?
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Other: What other criteria do you need to prioritize in this school search as you consider how well school fit with your family?
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