Finding a good international school in Singapore is getting more and more difficult. With so many new international schools springing up here and there, it is likely going to be difficult for you to narrow down a good one that will suit your child’s needs.
Of course, there are many approaches you can take to narrow down the best of the best international schools in Singapore, but many of them will not give you the result you seek and may even wear you out and leave you exhausted.
The best strategy for finding a good school is to visit them in person. Keep in mind that you don’t have to visit all the international schools in Singapore, only top-rated ones.
To ensure that your visit to any of these schools is fruitful, there are some important things you must do. In this article, we are going to be looking at some of them.
Prepare in Advance
Get in touch with the international school you plan to visit and tell them of your intentions. Your goal should be to spend as much time at the school as possible. During your visit, your child will have an opportunity to interact with other students and even join classes. Don’t forget to set a face-to-face appointment with the coordinator or headmaster and a few of the teachers. Prepare a list of questions you will like to ask them during your visit.
Below are some important questions you can ask:
- How do you help a new student feel at home and settle -in quickly?
- How do you deal with bullying?
- What is the mission and vision of the school?
- What support is there for kids with special educational needs?
Feel free to add to the list and if more questions pop into your mind after your first visit, there is absolutely nothing wrong with arranging a second visit. If the staffs of the school are friendly and accommodating the first time, chances are they will be again.
Explore the Campus
During your visit, pay close attention to the condition of the common space and learning area to see if it is tidy and if it fosters an atmosphere of positivity.
Also, take note of the behavior of the students- do they seem comfortable? Do they stick around in groups of their own race and nationalities?
Don’t forget to visit the canteen to look at the available food options and if the children are supervised during lunch to ensure that they are eating properly. Do well to inspect other facilities like the libraries and computer room if you have the time.
Watch Your Child’s Reactions
This is likely the most important thing you must pay close attention to during your visit. Try not to ask your kids direct questions about what they think, as they may tell you what you need to hear, not what they are really feeling.
The best way to go about it is to watch their body language, the comments they make, their attitude during the visit, and how they respond to the other children there.