How do you choose a primary school for your kids in Singapore? What are the areas to look at?
There are many factors coming into play. For one, your child will be undergoing a new phase in life and things are not as how it is in primary school. While the most vital quality is still the teachers, it is difficult to observe a teacher in class as compared to preschools. Furthermore, the logistics differ very greatly between primary school and secondary school.
Know Your Child
I will strongly suggest getting to know your child first as the most important quality and build his inner values. Help him to identify his strengths and weaknesses and strengthen his values before sourcing around for a school.
For example, if your child is not very academically inclined at the moment, putting your child in a ‘famous’ school for academics may be doing much more harm than good. For one, he may struggle to catch up with the rest and may feel very frustrated. If the teachers are very caring, he may feel safe and protected to learn better. In a school, demographics play a role as well. Your child is going to meet children from varying backgrounds. At this age, peer pressure slowly comes into play. Your child must have strong inner values and critical thinking to view other children more objectively instead of finding them fascinating to emulate without asking. It will be great if he emulates positive values and tricky if vice versa.
Check out the School’s CCAs
Check out their CCAs. Are there any CCAs which may interest your child and help to develop his discipline further? Find out more about their curriculum by asking their heads and school leaders. What kind of approach do they have towards teaching of your child. Is it a whole school approach or a many individual approaches? Your child will benefit better if it is a whole school approach. Find out more about their school leaders. The culture of the school usually starts with them. Ask how they treat students who have issues and discipline cases. The child will benefit greatly if teachers walk through their errors with them to make them understand their mistakes better instead of a top down without explanation.
Ask Other Parents
Lastly, ask parents who currently have children in the school. They will be in the best position to provide information about the school. They may know of the types of teachers and share with you various deeds that have pleased or displeased them. You may then come to your own conclusion.