Many parents are considering enrolling their children in one of the over 30,000 private schools in the US with public school funding being cut across the country. The decision about which school to choose can be taxing, as the average private school costs about $18,000 (and the tuition at boarding schools can be closer to $40,000). Parents need to choose a private school wisely. There are some basic steps that parents can follow in looking for the best private school for their child, including making a list of schools, hiring a consultant and going on tours and interviews. Here are some questions parents and students should ask when applying to private schools in addition to this. Find such a school that is the best fit for the long haul. Your child will grow and develop in the school, and you want to be aware of how the school will change over time. Does the school change from a caring, nurturing lower school to a demanding, competitive middle and upper school? Gauge the temperature of all the divisions before selecting a school.  Be sure to consider the years ahead when you visit the school.

How to pick the best private school

 Be sure that your child is a good fit for the school and that it won’t be too demanding—or too easy—down the road while you may be tempted to gain admission to the most competitive school possible. Schools generally publish a list of where their graduates attend college. They will give you an idea of what kinds of colleges the school has connections with and where you can expect your child to go if she attends the school while these lists usually cover many years. Be sure to consider the full range of schools—not just the most prestigious few. Your child may be allowed to sit in a class and get a sense of the material covered and the tenor of the class discussion when touring private schools. An older child can get a sense of whether the other students seem like her and whether this is the type of environment in which she will feel comfortable. Before you sign a contract with a school if you have one, will work – it is worth asking how your financial aid package.  There are some ways for parents and students to get beneath the surface and really understand what a school is like to find the answers to these questions.  Look at the work on the walls and get an idea of what the school values when you are visiting the school. Be sure to visit classes and try to speak with teachers. Does the school seem to be the kind of place in which your child will thrive? Do the teachers seem capable of bringing out her talents? Do they seem committed to helping children learn? The school newspaper and alumni publications will acquaint you with the school’s values and key issues.