Once your child approaches the age to begin school or when you decide to move, it becomes a necessity to evaluate the schools in the area. When more than one option exists, it poses a problem for parents because they must compare schools. This is an important decision that affects the child's future tremendously, so you must know how to compare them. 

1. By the Extras They Have 
When comparing schools, evaluate the extras they have such as the extracurricular activities and groups. Take a look at a calendar and see what events occur at the school and how often. School isn't just about getting an education. The experience includes the socialization the child receives.

2. By the Test Scores  
Take a look at the test score results of the school and how they compare to other schools in the area. The tests evaluate the children all on the same level in the same age group. It's a pretty good sign that teachers are working with children to assist them in achieving their greatest potential if tests scores are high. 

3. By Your Child's Needs 
When selecting a school, take into consideration your child's needs. Children who learn at a different pace than the average may not succeed as well in a traditional school. Those who learn at a slower pace may find many schools don't offer an ideal program for them. Parents may find that they fall behind, even if the child generally learns well. Those who learn at a quicker pace may become bored and decide school isn't challenging or interesting enough. The ability to select self-paced programs is now an option for students, in particular when parents select a Montessori school. Self-paced programs allow students to learn without feeling any pressure. Additionally, the programs focus more on hands-on activities, so students who don't learn through traditional means may succeed.  

4. Take a Tour  
It doesn't hurt to take a tour of multiple schools. This gives you a better understanding of the school's layout and provides you with an opportunity to meet the teachers. You'll also receive information regarding how the school runs, the curriculum and the school's approach. 

5. By the Approach and Curriculum  
The approach the school takes is a vital aspect to compare. Additionally, it's important to inquire about the curriculum the school uses. This is the entire basis of what the students learn throughout the years.