How do you judge the quality of a school?

As the world becomes increasingly globalised, many families are seeking out the best schools for their children, not just the closest one to their home. But with so many options available, how can parents determine which schools are truly exceptional?

While accreditation is an important factor to consider, it’s not the only measure of school performance. In addition to accreditation, parents should also look at factors such as academic rigour, extracurricular offerings, teacher qualifications and experience, and student outcomes.

Academic rigour is essential for preparing students for success in higher education and beyond. Parents should research the school’s curriculum and academic standards to ensure that they meet or exceed international benchmarks. It’s also important to look at the qualifications and experience of the school’s teachers, as well as the school’s track record of preparing students for university and career success.

In addition to academics, extracurricular offerings are an important aspect of a well-rounded education. Look for schools that offer a variety of clubs, sports teams, and other extracurricular activities that align with your child’s interests and talents.

When it comes to student outcomes, parents should look beyond graduation rates and test scores. Look at the percentage of students who go on to attend top universities or land high-paying jobs, as well as the school’s track record of producing well-rounded and engaged citizens who contribute positively to their communities.

The best schools are those that provide a well-rounded education that prepares students for success in all aspects of life. By considering a range of factors, parents can find the school that’s the best fit for their child and their family’s needs.

Author: Dr Jake Madden

Jake Madden (Dip Teach; B.Ed; Grad Dip: Leadership; M. Ed: Leadership; EdD; FACEL; MACE) Dr. Jake Madden is currently the Principal, St Edward’s Primary School, Tamworth. He has enjoyed a successful teaching and principal leadership career over the last thirty years building teacher capacity through the development of learning in the contemporary world, the promotion of flexible learning spaces to meet the needs of the 21st century learner and curriculum for global mindedness. Jake is a leader in the notion of teacher-as-researcher and is widely published in this area, authoring and co-authoring books and a number of journal articles showcasing his experiences and research into leading educational change.

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