Selecting Private Schools in Midtown Toronto

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A good education is one of the most important ways to help your child succeed in life. Over the past few decades, families in Toronto have been increasingly exploring education options outside of the public school system. Private schools come in a variety of shapes and sizes and with so many schools offering different environments, teaching styles and philosophies, parents can feel overwhelmed when weighting possibilities for private schools in midtown Toronto.
 
Toronto private schools have the ability to set their own independent curriculum and to limit enrolment. The following guide can help you rank your choices in selecting a school that's the right fit for your child.
 

Understand Your Child's Needs

 
A school might rank high in a survey, but the first priority should always be your child's learning style and finding a learning environment that plays to their strengths. Even before thinking about the qualities of a particular school, the first step is to consider your child's needs.
 
Most private schools in Toronto have an extensive set of choices:
  • Co-ed;
  • Girls-only;
  • Boys-only;
  • Boarding schools;
  • Language-focused;
  • Faith-based.
Just because you want your child to go to a certain type of school, it doesn't mean it is right for your child. Start by making a list and evaluate it against what will be the right fit for your child. Other factors offered by the school that parents need to consider are:
  • Extracurricular activities;
  • Academic Accreditation;
  • Educational Tools;
  • Curriculum;
  • Teacher Credentials.
Other factors parents should consider include the child's interests, talents and how these will mesh with the school and the child.
 

Evaluate Schools

 
After making a list of top schools, begin making visits. School expos are also a great way to evaluate a school. Websites are easily accessible and provide an easily digestible overview of what's available at the school.
 
Another form of research is to speak with families with children that attend the school you are considering. Always think beyond rankings, because isolation ratings are not particularly useful.
 

Visit and Ask Questions

 
Take tours of the schools on your shortlist. Most schools offer visits to help parents and students become more familiar with their environment and programs. Carefully observe students and teachers during the visit and ask key questions such as:
  • How is the school accredited? Is it by the Ministry of Education or is it governed by a Board?
  • Does the school follow, meet or exceed provincial education guidelines?
  • How is technology used in the school?
  • What happens if a student switches to the public system?
  • What is the maximum class size?
  • What kind of credentials do teachers have? What professional development is offered?
  • What percentage of Toronto private high-school graduates go on to university?
The school visit is the opportunity to establish what the parent and student's expectations are of the school and what the school's expectations are of the student.
 

Do Your Homework before Making a Selection

 
Before making your final decision you should stick to an important set of guidelines, and the right private school should meet your criteria.
 
Private schools in midtown Toronto will fully support your child's potential.
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