How to Choose the Best School for Your Child?

Picking the best school for your child’s education is an important decision that takes careful planning and evaluation.  With such a wide variety of schools to pick from, the process can seem stressful.  Here are some tips to narrow down the process.

Your Child’s Needs

Evaluating your child’s specific needs is a crucial part of deciding the best school for them.  Some children require more individual attention or may have special learning needs, so it is important to keep these things in mind.  It is also ideal to consider your child’s learning style – does your child learn best by reading and listening or hands-on activity?  Is your child musical and artistic, logical and mathematical, or all the above?  Do they like to work alone or in a group setting? These are some important things to consider when deciding the best education for your child.  After all, you know them best!


What does the school offer in addition to the core subjects?  What opportunities and extracurricular activities can your child become involved in? Will the courses be effectively taught and challenging for your child?  This aspect of education may be one of the most imperative aspects to consider.  Every child has a different approach to learning, so it is important to research the different learning approaches each school has to offer.  Some parents may prefer a smaller class vs. a larger one for increased individual attention, while others want to focus on a larger school for different extracurricular opportunities.  Walton Academy offers a STEAM curriculum that focuses on teaching students’ science, technology, engineering, arts, and math in a creative, educational approach.

School Culture

When deciding which school for your child to attend, the environment inside the school is something important to investigate. It may be a good idea to visit and observe the schools you are considering to get an idea of what your child’s daily routine may consist of. Do the students seem happy and behaved? Is the staff welcoming and reassuring? Do the schools’ philosophies match your expectations? Is the school respected by the community? By visiting the schools and experiencing the true culture, you should be able to get a true idea of what your child’s academic career could possibly consist of.

Whether you choose a public or private school, it is a big decision. Walton Academy is passionate about providing the most rewarding experience for your child’s academic career. For more information, contact us or come visit for a tour!