5 Helpful Tips for Exploring Your Potential New Campus
Get a real sense of your child’s private-school options by digging deep into a campus visit.
1. Whenever possible, attend an open house and take a tour during a regular school day, usually in the fall and before completing the application. “Visiting the school campus is the first thing parents should do in their search to determine if a school is the best fit for their child,” says Darlene Dela Cruz, marketing and admissions director of Hō‘ala School. You’ll see real interactions between students and teachers and classrooms in their natural state. It may mean taking some time off work, but remember that this is one of the biggest investments you’ll make for your child.
2. Do some pre-visit research. Read up on the school’s history. Look at a campus map on the school’s website, so you know which classrooms, facilities or departments you and your child particularly want to see.
3. Make sure to talk to students and faculty while on your visit. Ask questions about things that are important to your child, such as art or athletics.
4. Deviate from the standard tour. Once you’ve been given the official guided tour, ask if you can explore on your own.
5. Many schools offer shadow-a-student days for admitted or interested students. Your child can interact with students and teachers and measure firsthand the academic load at the school.