Finding the best private school for your child is all about getting the fit right. Your child has to be happy with the school. The school has to be happy with your child.
Choosing a school is like buying a fine suit or dress. It's a sizable investment. It needs to fit correctly or it will feel uncomfortable and you will have wasted your money. Your child needs to feel comfortable in her new school. And the school must feel comfortable with her. The best school is the one which fits you best.
What About Ranks?
Ranks are not as important as whether the school is right for your child. You can't compare private schools. It's like comparing apples to oranges if you try. Each school is unique. Uniqueness is the essence of a private school. That's why it is pointless to focus on ranks. While it's true that the top schools are wonderful schools and offer the programs and facilities you are looking for, there are hundreds of other schools which also have superb teaching and warm, nurturing communities.
Where Do You Begin?
Well, for starters, you need to find schools which appeal to you and meet your requirements. Begin to make lists of schools. Take the virtual tours most schools have on their websites. Explore the photo galleries. Get a sense of what's out there.
Organize Your Search
Finding a school, visiting the schools on your short list and interviewing, preparing for admissions tests and filling out all the applications is a time-consuming process. Stay on track by using this time line for the school search process.
Hire a Consultant
Educational consultants cost money. But, just like tax advisers and attorneys, educational consultants know their stuff. They will be able to tell you whether Exeter is a reach for your child or not, and suggest alternatives if it is.